Stretching across the landscape, this 2,244-square-foot home was designed and built to take maximum advantage of mountain and valley views. Set on 2.3 acres in the California Coast Range, each room features abundant windows that take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The open floor plan flows gracefully from room to room and high, beamed ceilings add to the sense of spaciousness. With the master suite and second bedroom suite set at opposite ends of the house, privacy and tranquility are achieved. A half-bath is set conveniently near the main living spaces. The original home, built in 1963, was extensively remodeled to enhance energy efficiency and update its look and functionality. Air sealing and upgraded insulation create a comfortable and efficient interior. A first of its kind configuration uses photo voltaic panels to provide electricity and solar thermal panels set under the PV panels to warm the pool. The solar thermal panels absorb additional heat from the PV panels, improving their efficiency. PV is also one of the sources used to heat the interior. An innovative boiler system with heat pump warms both the floors and the hot water system.

Architect: Cathy Schwabe
Photos: Rick Pharaoh

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Modern home with Exterior and House Building Type. Backyard and outdoor living spaces, looking over the pool to the home and mountain views Photo  of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

Backyard and outdoor living spaces, looking over the pool to the home and mountain views

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Walkways, Hardscapes, Landscape Lighting, Back Yard, and Trees. Looking over the pool to the outdoor living room and mountain views. Photo 2 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

Looking over the pool to the outdoor living room and mountain views.

Another perspective of the home's rear exterior including an outdoor fireplace.  Photo 3 of Carmel Valley Vistas modern homeView Photos

Another perspective of the home's rear exterior including an outdoor fireplace.

Modern home with Living Room. Living room featuring contemporary fireplace and gorgeous views.  Photo 4 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

Living room featuring contemporary fireplace and gorgeous views.

Modern home with Living Room, Gas Burning Fireplace, End Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, Ottomans, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Windows on three sides of the living room take advantage of mountain and valley views.  Photo 5 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

Windows on three sides of the living room take advantage of mountain and valley views.

Modern home with Living Room. From the spacious living room into the entry way with a peek of the dining room.  Photo 6 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

From the spacious living room into the entry way with a peek of the dining room.

Modern home with Dining Room. The entry way flows gracefully into the open dining room and kitchen spaces.  Photo 7 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

The entry way flows gracefully into the open dining room and kitchen spaces.

Modern home with Kitchen. The roomy kitchen is open to the dining room, perfect for entertaining.  Photo 8 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

The roomy kitchen is open to the dining room, perfect for entertaining.

Modern home with Bedroom. The master suite features a sitting room, bedroom and spacious master bath, all with mountain views.  Photo 9 of Carmel Valley VistasView Photos

The master suite features a sitting room, bedroom and spacious master bath, all with mountain views.

Credits

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Architect
  • Cathy Schwabe
Interior Design
  • Danielle Diedrick
  • Marie Glynn
Landscape Design
  • Bernard Trainor + Associates
Builder
  • Carmel Building & Design
Photographer
  • Rick Pharaoh
Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 2244
  • Lot Size
  • 2.3 acres
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