Coastal Retreat

This home’s forms respond to the site’s coastal winds, dramatic views, and changeable fog and sun relationships. One simple two-story volume is largely buried from view by a north facing berm while a “wind roof” deflects the continuous wind from the terrace and creates a heat trap. The views from the two-story glass to the southwest and northwest frame the ocean, the windrows and the foothills. Designed on a modest budget, the retreat continues to be enjoyed by three generations with no fundamental changes to its simple spaces or elegant design.  DeBra_1
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