In Orange County, CA, where phony French castles and wannabe Tuscan villas abound, Architect Ruth Hasell‘s modern home stands out for embodying a distinctly California style.
The 3,300 square foot, two-story building combines poured-in-place concrete walls, laminated Douglas fir beams, and a galvanized steel roof for a home that fits well into its surroundings despite its divergent style.
“I wanted the house to be a vivid reflection of built work that was Californian and a direct response to our time and to this place,” Hasell says, “not a dim reflection of a misremembered style from another lifetime and another continent.”
The home is divided, with the upstairs level used by the architect and her husband, which includes a library, kitchen and dining, living areas, and master bedroom. The downstairs space has a separate entry and can be used as guest quarters, but has recently been utilized as a home office. [via LA Times]