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Contemporary family home in California: San Vicente House

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San Vicente House was designed  by McClean Design to meet the lifestyle needs of a family with three young girls and to respond to the busy street it is located on, sited in Ramona, San Diego County, California. The architects came up with a sequence of entryways which uses several devices to separate the occupants from the noise beyond. The drive court is screened from the street by high gates and tall landscaped elements. This area connects to an inner courtyard through a curving glass screen designed to allow the light to pass through but shield from the cars and noise. The courtyard contains a waterfall and an infinity edge swimming pool both of which help to instill a feeling of tranquility as one approaches the residence.

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The architects hope was that by the time one enters into the two story entry hall, you will have left the rest of the world behind. The L-shaped plan of the house maximizes the expansive back yard while further screening potential noise such that the rear yard is extremely quiet and peaceful. The garden also contains a swimming pool as well as a guest house.

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According to the architects, “the house consists of master plus four bedrooms on the upper level with a family room, art room and gym. The lower level has formal living and dining rooms, family room, media and office plus associated secondary spaces. The house is finished in cool grey and cream limestone with light plaster and paint tones and bronze metal accents.”

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Photos: Courtesy of McClean Design

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