Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family."
Architect: Studio Zerbey Architecture, Location: Pacific Grove, California
From the builder: "This newly constructed 2,476-square-foot home in Pacific Grove affords views over a lush green forest reaching all the way to the blue of the Monterey Bay. The open plan on the main floor enhances the sense of spaciousness and is equally suitable for entertaining and cozying up for a quiet evening. Rich wood on floors, ceilings, and other architectural touches invites nature inside."
Cabinetry: The Cabinet Face, Location: Boulder, Colorado
From the cabinetry designer: "This kitchen uses IKEA cabinet boxes and cabinet fronts from The Cabinet Face. Materials used are our walnut flat panel and our DIY flat panel (paint grade)."
Architect: ANACAPA, Location: Santa Barbara, California
From the architect: "A simple material palette of ipe and white stucco was selected for the exterior, while the interior is warmed with custom walnut cabinetry, Italian marble and brass fixtures. Operable sliding glass spans the entire width of the kitchen/dining/living room area, so on a warm sunny day, the home becomes completely open to the elements."
Architect: Daniel J. Strening, Location: Healdsburg, California
From the architect: "This project was for a couple with an extensive relationship to the timber of the forest. The house was designed to incorporate the stunning surrounding views into their everyday life, and to take advantage of some fallen redwood trees that they had saved for several years—with the hopes of honoring the trees in the architecture of their home. We honored the fallen redwood trees by both using them as an exterior siding (with a large-scale shiplap mill profile), specific interior ceiling applications, and for select structural elements. These structural columns were sized to celebrate the strength of those great trees."
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