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September 28, 2013
After spending the weekend at the Monterey Design Conference, we have the beautiful coast of central California at top of mind. Here are 6 structures we admire from Big Sur, where nature and architecture collide in a very lovely way.
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Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur that hugs its hillside site. Photo by Robert Canfield.

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The Partington Point House, which architect Mickey Muennig renovated in 1995. 

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The Post Ranch Inn's beginnings on homesteaded ranch land inspired Muennig to create a structure with a homey feel.

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Muennig’s Green House utilizes the western sun of the dramatic Big Sur coastline. 

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Muennig’s Treehouse, part of the famed Post Ranch Inn, features Cor-Ten panels. 

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Here's the finished sofa bed. The sofa is upholstered in Designers Guild fabric. The curtains are from Ikea. The chair is from Cost Plus. And the wall cupboard above incorporates some of the trailer's original mahogany wood.

Can’t afford a slice of the cliff and years of planning and permits? Do as designer Caroline Brandes did and roll an Airstream up—a nicely designed one, of course.

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Another perspective, showing the mountain views.<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our </strong></em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dwell/id411793747?mt=8"><em><strong> FREE app from iTunes</strong></em></a><em><stron

Brandes operates Big Sur Getaway, where folks can rent the renovated Airstreams for a low-key glamping experience surrounded by the area's natural beauty.

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Green roof in california environmentally friendly

Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur that hugs its hillside site. Photo by Robert Canfield.

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