This beach house is located in an historic area surrounded by homes from the early 1900s to new, expansive houses. The designers and architects wanted to be sensitive to the historic area while still creating a bright and open new home that reflects the island beach feel.
The tree canopy was the inspiration for the Cor-Ten steel panels on the home's exterior. Modal Design wanted to create the same dappled light effect that you experience below a tree canopy with the circles cut out of the steel panels. The pool's plaster matches the color of the home's stucco, so the pool becomes one with the home. Modal Design chose the unique plaster color rather than a typical blue to keep the pool from contrasting with the natural materials of the home.
A gravel drive framed by mature trees and landscaping set the tone for this well-appointed Mediterranean-style Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., estate. The property features a six-bedroom home, detached guest house, private pool and tennis court on three acres of land.
What a quaint place to sip coffee or read a book -- or maybe both! Mature trees flank a low stone bench and are surrounded by low clusters of plants. The innovative, white-plank fencing brings privacy but still lets the light shine through.