LocationSan Diego, California
What started as a renovation of a mid-century ranch house in a quiet Point Loma neighborhood became a complete rebuild following the owners’ discovery of the home’s design prospects. The generous corner site was ideal for surrounding the home with various garden opportunities and provided the incentive for indoor-outdoor living. To recall the home’s original ranch character and to settle into the neighborhood’s context, a low-pitched gabled roof with deep eaves was employed. From the motor court, one arrives at the home through a pivoting weathered steel gate into a courtyard complete with koi pond. The main living space is a great room containing living, dining, and kitchen in a cruciform arrangement. Both ends of this great room extend out through folding glass doors to decks for taking in either the sunrise or the sunset. The raw steel plate faced fireplace and kitchen stove are on axis at opposite ends of this space capped with a western red cedar ceiling supported by heavy timbers held in tension by slender stainless-steel rods. A ridge skylight above the kitchen provides plenty of daylight into the center of the house. The polished concrete floor encapsulates a radiant heating system to keep the space warm and comfortable. Adjacent to the kitchen is a covered outdoor dining and cooking area with stone-covered prep surfaces, sink, bar seating, grill, wok burner and wood-fired domed pizza oven. Back inside, each of the three bedrooms has its own private contemplation garden. The couple’s primary bedroom includes an ensuite with a shower which shares a secluded garden with the bedroom. Although much of the new plan’s layout parallels the original, this new home goes much further by opening its exterior to the gardens and by merging its rooms to create grand and elegant volumes.