Thrilled with the beach town location of their summer house, but not with its loud ’90s-era architecture, a family approached Blue Truck Studio with a directive — tone it down. What they had: a house with wild geometry, such as octagon-shaped rooms and triangular spaces. What they wanted: a Sea Ranch aesthetic of simple forms.

Blue Truck Studio created an all-new interior of calm, open spaces that flowed easily into one another. For the exterior, the firm reconfigured windows as well as the siding, which wrapped around the house to simplify its form and provide privacy. A pivot door and two large slider doors invite ample light inside while a driveway turned soccer pitch and slatted outdoor shower for hosing off after a trip to the beach reflect the family’s love of recreation and the outdoors.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. The custom milled siding is Alaskan yellow cedar and chosen specially for how it will gray out over time. Photo  of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

The custom milled siding is Alaskan yellow cedar and chosen specially for how it will gray out over time.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. "The design intent was to calm down the geometry of the house," says Blue Truck Studio’s Peter Liang of the renovation.  Photo 2 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

"The design intent was to calm down the geometry of the house," says Blue Truck Studio’s Peter Liang of the renovation.

Modern home with Outdoor and Front Yard. A large pivot door gives the entry a dramatic feel. Photo 3 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

A large pivot door gives the entry a dramatic feel.

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, Swing Door Type, and Wood. Inside, white siding echoes the exterior of the home. Photo 4 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

Inside, white siding echoes the exterior of the home.

Modern home with Hallway and Medium Hardwood Floor. The home feels cozy and expansive at once, with large areas for entertaining but tucked-away rooms for privacy. Photo 5 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

The home feels cozy and expansive at once, with large areas for entertaining but tucked-away rooms for privacy.

Modern home with Kitchen, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Cabinet, and Pendant Lighting. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open the kitchen to one of the home's two patios. Photo 6 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open the kitchen to one of the home's two patios.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Pendant Lighting, and Table. This casual eating area in the kitchen features a built-in bench and shelf. Photo 7 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

This casual eating area in the kitchen features a built-in bench and shelf.

Modern home with Bath Room, Drop In Sink, and Freestanding Tub. Cedar slats help mitigate overly bright light and provide privacy. Photo 8 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

Cedar slats help mitigate overly bright light and provide privacy.

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Freestanding Tub. A previously muggy master bathroom was transformed into a light, open space.  Photo 9 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

A previously muggy master bathroom was transformed into a light, open space.

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Chair. Removing a fireplace created a seamless indoor-outdoor flow from the living room to the patio. Photo 10 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

Removing a fireplace created a seamless indoor-outdoor flow from the living room to the patio.

Modern home with Outdoor. Patios take advantage of Southern California's balmy weather. Photo 11 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

Patios take advantage of Southern California's balmy weather.

Modern home with Outdoor. An outdoor shower makes it easy to hose off after a trip to the beach. Photo 13 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

An outdoor shower makes it easy to hose off after a trip to the beach.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. The Sea Ranch-inspired home will weather gracefully over time. Photo 14 of Slatted Beach RetreatView Photos

The Sea Ranch-inspired home will weather gracefully over time.

Interior Design
Landscape Design
  • Romana di Suvero
Builder
  • Rough Workshop
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Square Feet
  • 3770
  • Press