Pescadero, CA

Designed for empty-nesters with four children and numerous grandchildren, this oceanfront house provides year-round living for the owners and guest quarters for their frequent family reunions. The plan includes a library, a living room with a billiard table, a lower-level recreation room and art gallery, three bedrooms and baths, three decks and a terrace facing the ocean. A workshop, darkroom, and observation tower complete the 9,000-sq.ft. composition.

Living spaces are oriented toward the spectacular rocky seashore that includes tide pools and views up and down the coast. The wood-frame structure is clad with redwood siding and a standing-seam copper roof. European tilt-turn windows of African oak provide durable and flexible ventilation for the coastal climate. Interior finishes are natural stone and oak with African oak doors and trim. Space heating is by a central gas-fired boiler with baseboard convector distribution.