The Tehama One house is located in Carmel, a scenic beach town about two hours south of San Francisco, and it was designed by US firm Studio Schicketanz. A mix of modern and agrarian references, the home rests on a knoll that is dotted with scraggly trees and looks toward mountains in the distance.
The single-storey residence consists of a main dwelling and a guest house, which are positioned around a rectangular courtyard with a large stone fireplace. The home has a strong connection to the outdoor space, it seems to merge with it. Exterior walls are made of textured stone and reflective glass, and are shaded by deep overhangs to minimize the heat gain and to provide natural light inside.
The front door is accessed via concrete stairs that ascend the gently sloping site. The home’s entryway is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass. A wide hallway leads to an open-plan dining and living area, with high ceilings lending a sense of grandeur to the public spaces and dark wooden beams highlight the ceilings very beautifully plus they echo with the furniture.
Throughout the home, the architects used a neutral color palette to create a feeling of calmness and connection to the earth. Furthermore, the team sought to eliminate visual boundaries between inside and out. The furniture is dark, and the upholstery is creamy, it was made for a slight contrast and to make the color palette more vivacious. Pops of luxurious detail, like an antique dresser and a smooth round tub, offer a consistent feeling of an evocatively natural aesthetic. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly together through the barest hint of doorways and enclosure.