Light on the Land

With its humble footprint and restrained use of local materials, this 1,400-square-foot house in Northern California makes a dramatic impression

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Dominique Vorillon

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What you see: vertical-grain fir on the walls and ceiling and umber-stained concrete flooring that warm up the house’s spare interior, as well as built-in storage and seating that “make the experience like living in a boat,” says Mary.

What you don’t see: the radiant heat system underneath the concrete tiles, which significantly reduces the couple’s reliance on their traditional heat system during the winter

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