An instantly noticeable feature of the house is the use of thick rammed earth walls that give the façade a unique look. These 16-inch thick walls were specifically designed to keep the house cool during the harsh California summers while radiant-heated concrete floors were used to provide warmth during the colder winter months. This natural insulation also helps the energy efficiency of the house by cutting down on power consumption while the large sliding glass doors of the living space bring in plenty of natural light.
Located amidst the rocky landscape in the sustainable does exactly that by tapping into water recycling and solar energy. Designed by Tallman Koch this steel and glass home offers 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape while offering plenty of shelter from the sweltering heat in the region.
Renovating old barns and transforming them into stylish contemporary homes and even trendy restaurants is an idea that has gained momentum in the last decade or so. The idea of adaptive reuse of structures and materials (instead of starting from scratch) has helped save both time and resources
Even though the home opens up towards the generous backyard the lush green canopy and tall cypress trees provide natural cover and turn this nook into a tranquil personal getaway. Earthen tones and neutral hues dominate the interior with the kitchen and dining area being housed in one volume while the living room and the bedroom with study occupy the other two volumes.
White is the color that dominates the interior while black is used to anchor the spaces and give them a sense of sophistication. Exposed wooden ceiling beams add to the charm of the home and give it a rustic chic appeal. The lower level contains the living area kitchen and dining space while the top floor contains the bedrooms nursery and kids’ rooms.