Coastlands House in Big Sur, California

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Coastlands House in Big Sur

Large Luxurious Big Sur Home, United States – design by Carver + Schicketanz, architects

Aug 6, 2015

Coastlands House in Big Sur, California

Location: Big Sur, California, USA

Design: Carver + Schicketanz, architects

Big Sur has been described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world”.

The 5,600 square-foot Coastlands House located in Big Sur, California, lies between a grove of mature oak trees, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

This luxurious home provides maximum privacy and premium comfort for its residents. The design goal of the project was to create a sustainable home with fluid connections to the outdoors that would leave a minimum footprint, utilize minimum energy, and require low maintenance overall.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

By responding to the natural site of the house, architect and interior designer, Mary Ann Schicketanz, set the main structure on an east to west slope on a narrow ridge where the building’s stone base interlocks firmly with the uphill side of the property. In order to integrate the structure into its natural surroundings, Mary Ann Schicketanz constructed the home with a heavy stone base and a steel and glass cantilever to emulate the natural curve of the coastline. To further assimilate the home into its natural setting, the western tip of the cantilevers are situated a full story over the bluff, minimizing the disturbance of the land and oak grove.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

The hillside transitions onto a green roof that sits just above the underground garage and is designed in the likeness of a bird’s wingspan, offering shade and privacy from uphill neighbors while preserving their gorgeous view.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

Smooth transitions from indoor to outdoor spaces were implemented through large sliders and pocket doors throughout the house, as well as an innovative roof above the yoga studio that creates a seamless extension to the front yard’s lawn of native grasses. By minimizing the disturbance of the land, the Coastlands House maximized its usage of yard space, resulting in the oak grove unencumbered by any structures.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

Mary Ann Schicketanz aimed to create an eco-friendly house by implementing multiple sustainable elements, including reclaimed stone floors, reclaimed teak siding and solar panels.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors situated on the uphill and downhill side of the narrow structure allow for ample natural light throughout the building, as well as excellent cross ventilation. The interior walls are lined with sheet rock and veneer plaster, and all the interior paint has low volatile organic compounds.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

There is a hydronic heating system that circulates throughout the house in order to provide energy efficiency and lower energy costs. The 4.4 kw PB array placed on the western green roof produces almost one-hundred percent of the home’s electrical power, providing renewable and feasible energy.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

The interior of the home channels a warm, but neutral color palette that complements the natural building materials and juxtaposes the brilliant blues of the ocean sky with the vivid greens of the garden and hills beyond.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

The interior floor finishes include teak in the living room, reclaimed granite in the entryway and limestone on the upper floors, which transition to the decks, patios and landscapes beyond.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

The blurring of the edge between inside and outside is further underlined by the rough rockwall that runs through the kitchen area, completing a stone base which contrasts the lighter steel and glass wings.

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The owner’s world-class art collection and a few choice antiques, such as the Ico Parisi dining table, lend this new space substance and partner well with the carefully sourced new furnishings. Many of the carpets and furnishings were specifically designed by the architects for this residence, including custom wool and silk carpeting.

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Coastlands House in Big Sur, California – Building Information

Principal in charge of design, Mary Ann Schicketanz;
Project Architect, Kumaresh Sekaran; Job Captain, Daniela de Sola; Permit Technician, Jay Auburn;
Lighting Design, Ohm Lighting – Terry Ohm;
Landscape Design, Fred Ballerini;
Interior Design, Mary Ann Schicketanz and Carissa Duncan;
Structural Engineering, Pacific Engineering Group – Gary Knott; Mechanical Engineering, Axiom Engineers – Ray Cole;
Electrical Engineering, Ray Slaughter Electrical; Solar Design, Ray Slaughter Electrical; and General Contractor, Hunt Brothers Construction.

Coastlands House in Big Sur

Coastlands House in Big Sur

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