This California weekend home is completely prefabricated which means simple construction and it looks amazing! It was designed by Marmol Radziner and shipped to a remote location in Northern California to avoid all of the colors associated with difficult construction processes. Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from rain, so owners can keep their doors open year-round and enjoy their 70-foot deck even in bad weather. The materials are very simple and interchangeable: concrete floors and metal cladding.
A 9.5-foot-high shade fabric curtain in the foreground seals the length of the house when the couple is not there, keeping the heat out of the interior, and preventing accidental bird suicides on the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. These walls help connect the indoor and outdoor areas as owners want easy access to the outside.
This room is right next to the kitchen and was originally intended for dining. However, the owners prefer to dine outside or on their casual Caesarstone-topped kitchen island. Today the room serves as a sunny reading and guest room with a convertible futon and a set of Paulistano armchairs made of leather and steel by Design Within Reach.
The Mikado 2 sofa by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois is a bright and cheerful centerpiece in the otherwise quiet living room. The nubby wool carpet warms the concrete surface. Huge sliding doors open the house to the outside and practically double the living space.
Passionate chefs, the owners installed a Mugnaini wood-burning stove in their kitchen and had a special fireplace grill built into the concrete block wall on their deck. They store oak firewood that they have collected on their property under the grill.
Overall, the interior decor is modern and colorful to connect the house with the outdoors. There are lots of eye-catching details, including a bold sofa or outdoor bean bags, and they make a simple prefabricated house look amazing. Everything here is aimed at pleasing the owners and their passions, and it is not surprising that they will be living here after retirement.
Though the owners are landscape architects, they purposely approached their own land, which is part of the 1,800-acre Long Valley Ranch, a former cattle ranch. They wanted nothing in the landscape to be edible or pretty, nothing to attract animals into the house. Nevertheless, they discovered a lot of fauna thanks to motion-activated “trail cams” with which they spy on local wild animals.