Located in a magnificent, park-like setting filled with mature, 80-foot-tall oak trees, this residence meets the clients’ desire for a family home that is casual, stylish, functional, and adaptable. Flexible indoor and outdoor spaces allow for the use and enjoyment of the site in its entirety, both house and grounds.

▼住宅外观,exterior view © Matthew Millman Photography


Accessed via a long drive, the property had developed piecemeal over the years, resulting in an experience that was anything but peaceful. By completely reworking the site and blending the clients’ traditional and modern tastes, the design team created an evocative new home that’s nestled into the woods. Utilizing clean lines and a pared-down palette of cedar, metal, and concrete, the two-story residence borders an open space preserve. The home’s transparency and relationship to the land reflects the site’s expansiveness, which is evident upon arrival at the formal entry where guests can immediately experience the natural setting through seamless indoor-outdoor connections.

▼入口庭院,entry courtyard © Matthew Millman Photography

▼入口路径,entry way © Matthew Millman Photography

view towards the dining area © Matthew Millman Photography

住宅的屋顶线被拉长,以保护室内免受夏季的炎热,同时也回应了加州乡村景观中独特的建筑形式。在内部,设计团队创造了适合公共活动的家庭区域。Walker Warner 事务所建筑师Mike McCabe表示:“住宅内部规划了公共和私人区域。家庭的日常空间相互关联,有限的空间可以扩展成更大型的适合聚会和活动的区域。”带有小隔间的入口更衣区可以方便地收纳家庭物品,而起居室、厨房和餐厅则紧邻泳池和露台。“私人区域专注于静修和家庭时间,公共区域则鼓励家庭成员与宾客们欢聚一堂、享受场地所带来的一切。”

The home’s rooflines are stretched to protect the interiors from hot summers, while responding to forms prominent in the California rural landscape which served as design inspiration for the home. Inside, the team created zones where family activities can happen in a communal way. “The home was organized into public and private zones,” notes Mike McCabe of Walker Warner Architects, “with the family’s everyday living spaces easing into one another.  The architectural intent was to provide a house that lives small day to day for the family but can expand to accommodate bigger gatherings and events.” A mudroom with cubbies allows for easy organization of family belongings while everyday casual areas for living, dining and cooking are immediately adjacent to the pool and terrace. “The private parts of the house are about retreat and family time,” adds McCabe, “while the public parts allow them to mingle with their guests and enjoy all the site has to offer.”

▼住宅的屋顶线被拉长,the stretched rooflines © Matthew Millman Photography

▼户外空间,outdoor space © Matthew Millman Photography

view towards the living area from outdoor space © Matthew Millman Photography


Interior materials and color palette complement the architecture and work their way throughout the house across a variety of different finishes. Stained wood plank doors were installed in painted frames with textural bronze hardware, gentle gray limestone floors were combined with warm walnut planks, and walls were covered in grayed white paint to create a feeling of warm modernity. The stone on the fireplace is the same material as the stone flooring but hand-treated in a brushstroke-like effect that lends the surface a light, elegant texture.

▼门厅,hallway © Matthew Millman Photography

▼主起居空间,main living area © Matthew Millman Photography

▼壁炉,fireplace © Matthew Millman Photography

▼餐厅,dining area © Matthew Millman Photography

▼室内细节,interior details © Matthew Millman Photography


All interior furnishings that were designed and curated for the project compliment the casual yet dynamic architecture while giving a chic air to the residence. Simple sculptural shapes, textural woven fabrics, organic elements and a few accents of forest colors complete the marriage of inside and out. “Almost every piece of furniture has an angle or slope,” notes Oldroyd of ODADA. “But more natural shapes—such as the curvy chair legs or pebble-shaped poufs—bring in some softness.”

▼室内家具细节,furnishing details © Matthew Millman Photography

▼楼梯,stairs © Matthew Millman Photography

▼休闲区,communal area



▼淋浴间,shower room © Matthew Millman Photography

考虑到场地与开放保护区相邻,Ground Studio的景观设计师Bernard Trainor为项目提供了一个过渡性的景观方案,将人工花园柔和地融入到附近的自然环境当中,令场地呈现出一种无限蔓延的感觉。与建筑类似,景观设计师采用的方法是在橡树林之间巧妙地“穿针引线”:在靠近房子的位置采用了线性特征更强的硬质景观和植物,与建筑的轮廓相呼应,更远一些的位置则采用了更加自由和不受拘束的元素。总体来说,住宅的户外空间设计调和了建筑的历史背景、场地限制和功能,最终促成了一个富有凝聚力与和谐感的居住空间的实现。

The property borders an open space preserve, so landscape designer Bernard Trainor of Ground Studio gently transitioned the manmade garden into the natural surroundings to trick the eye, making the property appear to go on forever. As with the architecture, Trainor’s approach to design was to deftly “thread the needle” between the oaks. “Closer to the house,” notes Trainer, “the hardscape and plantings reflect the house’s architectural shapes—more linear. As you move farther away, into the oak woodland, they get wilder.” Overall, the residence’s indoor and outdoor design reconciles historic context, building constraints, and functionality, resulting in a cohesive and harmonious space for living.

▼泳池平台,pool terrace © Matthew Millman Photography

▼从橡树林望向住宅,view from the oak woodland © Matthew Millman Photography

Consultant team
Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Interior Design: ODADA
Landscape Design: Ground Studio
Builder: Redhorse Constructors
Lighting Design: Eric Johnson Associates
Photography: Matthew Millman Photography