Family Home on California Coast
Marin County, California
Coastal Mediterranean climate
Pacific Ocean watershed
lassic passive solar home for a
The family wanted a local Marin green
architect who could both master plan
long term locations for site circulation,
structures and gardens as well as design
a comfortable and energy efficient home.
As you approach you experience a
welcoming, sheltering porch leading to
the entry room/mud room and then the
expansive living-dining-kitchen spaces.
A bonus second floor family space
(within huge dormers) is a wonderful
multiuse area – with views of the Pacific
Ocean to the south and of forested
ridges to the north.
Designed with many expandability
options – new alcoves, new rooms and/
or new wings can be added over time.
The home’s location required a rigorous
governmental review and permitting
process at many levels, including the
California Coastal Commission. The
design efficiently passed all
requirements – with added complements
from the county planner-in-charge.
Passive solar with heat storage in high
Radiant heated floors
Balanced daylighting throughout
Natural ventilation – cross and stack.
Heavily insulated thermal enclosure
Reclaimed wood thruout
Healthier materials thruout