On the Edge

Carmel Highlands, California
Location
  • Carmel Highlands, California
  • Working closely with the client and design team, RTD created a landscape that anchors the new residence to the rugged ocean side site, taking advantage of spectacular views and steep topography. Spaces were designed for the private needs of the family, social gatherings, play and the placement of sculpture. Landscape materials include concrete, limestone, granite, Corten steel, stainless steel, wood, water and fire. Plantings suitable to the ocean environment are woven throughout the composition.

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    Modern home with outdoor, trees, shrubs, grass, gardens, hardscapes, front yard, and stone patio, porch, deck. A composition of stone and corten steel demarcates the private from the public. Stone walls provide structure and privacy. The tower celebrates the arrival and houses the sliding gate operator. Photo  of On the Edge

    A composition of stone and corten steel demarcates the private from the public. Stone walls provide structure and privacy. The tower celebrates the arrival and houses the sliding gate operator.

    Modern home with outdoor, slope, trees, and shrubs. An amazing rugged ocean-side site Photo 2 of On the Edge

    An amazing rugged ocean-side site

    Modern home with outdoor, grass, back yard, shrubs, stone patio, porch, deck, metal fence, and wood patio, porch, deck. Ocean vistas Photo 3 of On the Edge

    Ocean vistas

    Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, trees, back yard, hardscapes, stone patio, porch, deck, gardens, boulders, and metal fence. Elements in the landscape such as wall benches, stairway landings, a belvedere overlook and the seat rocks at the fire pit area shown here provide opportunities to stop and take in the view. Photo 4 of On the Edge

    Elements in the landscape such as wall benches, stairway landings, a belvedere overlook and the seat rocks at the fire pit area shown here provide opportunities to stop and take in the view.

    Modern home with outdoor, grass, hardscapes, walkways, shrubs, decking patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. An extension of the internal circulation of the residence culminates in a dramatic view of Yankee Point Cove and the ocean from the cantilevered end of this boardwalk. Photo 5 of On the Edge

    An extension of the internal circulation of the residence culminates in a dramatic view of Yankee Point Cove and the ocean from the cantilevered end of this boardwalk.

    Modern home with outdoor, hardscapes, wood patio, porch, deck, decking patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. Expansive ocean views Photo 6 of On the Edge

    Expansive ocean views

    Modern home with stone patio, porch, deck, shrubs, metal fence, side yard, and outdoor. Groundcover adds color to flagstone paving and steps Photo 7 of On the Edge

    Groundcover adds color to flagstone paving and steps

    Modern home with outdoor, side yard, stone patio, porch, deck, shrubs, and metal fence. A welcoming and sophisticated path from the entry court Photo 8 of On the Edge

    A welcoming and sophisticated path from the entry court

    Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, stone patio, porch, deck, and hardscapes. Planting suitable to the ocean environment are woven throughout the composition Photo 9 of On the Edge

    Planting suitable to the ocean environment are woven throughout the composition

    Modern home with outdoor, small pool, shrubs, hardscapes, back yard, stone patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. The spa, tiled with glass the color of the sea, is located in an intimate space midway between the main level of the house and the guest quarters below. Here, a multi-level terrace and a large built-in bench provide room to circulate, lounge or drop a towel before stepping down into the warm water. Photo 10 of On the Edge

    The spa, tiled with glass the color of the sea, is located in an intimate space midway between the main level of the house and the guest quarters below. Here, a multi-level terrace and a large built-in bench provide room to circulate, lounge or drop a towel before stepping down into the warm water.

    Modern home with outdoor, small pool, trees, shrubs, side yard, hardscapes, stone patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. The spa is positioned to maximize the ocean view, and is sheltered on three sides by bamboo, privacy wall and house. Photo 11 of On the Edge

    The spa is positioned to maximize the ocean view, and is sheltered on three sides by bamboo, privacy wall and house.

    Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, small pool, stone patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. Steps away from the inviting spa Photo 12 of On the Edge

    Steps away from the inviting spa

    Modern home with outdoor, side yard, garden, trees, shrubs, gardens, grass, hardscapes, boulders, decomposed granite patio, porch, deck, concrete patio, porch, deck, and stone patio, porch, deck. A quiet, sheltered outdoor dining area Photo 13 of On the Edge

    A quiet, sheltered outdoor dining area

    Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, stone patio, porch, deck, concrete patio, porch, deck, and metal fence. Indoor-outdoor lounge space Photo 14 of On the Edge

    Indoor-outdoor lounge space

    Modern home with outdoor, metal fence, stone patio, porch, deck, side yard, shrubs, boulders, hardscapes, and gardens. The stainless steel tunnel provides a passageway for children to run from one yard to another without entering adjacent vehicular space. A stone plinth anchors the tunnel, hosts a child height gathering spot, and curbs parked vehicles. Ferns, bamboo and wild California grapevine  add storybook ambiance to the structure. Photo 15 of On the Edge

    The stainless steel tunnel provides a passageway for children to run from one yard to another without entering adjacent vehicular space. A stone plinth anchors the tunnel, hosts a child height gathering spot, and curbs parked vehicles. Ferns, bamboo and wild California grapevine add storybook ambiance to the structure.