This residence, designed as a second home for a young family from the Bay Area, makes the most of it’s difficult site. The small lot contained over a dozen protected oaks, pines and cypress and was fronted by one of the busier streets in Carmel. The design consists of two simple cedar-clad gables which are linked via a transparent bridge that allows views from the street through to the protected oaks beyond. A large series of sliding panels open the living spaces to a small outdoor seating area in the front of the house, while the upstairs bedrooms enjoy access to a rooftop deck which captures views beyond the tree canopies to the ridge lines above Carmel Valley beyond.

landscape architect:
Michael Bliss