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Sustainably designed modern farmhouse near the California coast

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A gorgeous modern farmhouse was designed for a retired couple by Gast Architects, located on acres of rolling hills near the coast, just outside of Arroyo Grande, in San Luis Obispo County, California. The new homeowners requested a contemporary style farmhouse that resembles the vernacular architectural buildings of the surrounding vicinity. The 3,277 square foot home is spread out mainly over one level, with spaces designed to maximize indoor/outdoor living. A series of gable-roofed pavilions are joined together to define the outdoor spaces. They also help to capture the magnificent views out towards the surrounding hills.

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The home was constructed with sustainability in mind. The architects integrated low-maintenance and fire-resistant materials into the structure. Photovoltaic panels were applied to the roof structure, while trellises, sunshades and plantings were used to help control heat gain and loss. A solar thermal system was also incorporated, providing heated water for not only the swimming pool, but most of the home’s water and interior space.

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What We Love: The effect of the exterior facade is beautiful, the way it looks like a collection of buildings gives it a unique aesthetic. It is very clean and simple looking with plenty of natural light making the spaces feel open and airy. Overall, the look is crisp without being too sterile. A modern farmhouse design that has a classic country feel with a stunning contemporary twist.

Readers, we would love to hear your thoughts on this amazing property, are you a fan of the farmhouse style? Let us know in the comments below.

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The fireplace surround and mantel in the living room is comprised of cast concrete. The 36″ firebox itself is a Majestic Monarch Wood Fireplace, it can be sourced from here. The wood flooring is an engineered, white washed, European white oak in “San Tropez” (source).

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An open concept living/dining/kitchen pavilion measures in at 2o feet wide by 46 feet long. The kitchen itself includes a pantry (5’x5′), measuring in at 19 feet long and 15 feet wide.

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The paint color of the walls in the kitchen is Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. There are two countertop materials featured in this kitchen. The perimeter counters are Caesarstone Buttermilk, while the island and backslash are clad with Calacatta Paonazzo marble (all countertops have 1-1/2 mitered edges).

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The pendants above the island are the Haverhill collection by Hudson Valley Lighting, here.

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The dining table was sourced from Restoration Hardware, from the Reclaimed Russian Oak Trestle Collection. The lighting above the table is the Caravaggio Opal Pendant Light by Cecilie Manz, from Lightyears (source).

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Not only is there a spacious master bedroom suite, there is also a guest bedroom and a gym on the upper level that can also be used as an optional guest bedroom. There are a total of two-and-a-half bathrooms in this modern farmhouse.

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The lap pool measures in at 12 feet wide by 40 feet long and 7 feet deep!

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The pergola is comprised of hogwire fencing, with a steel frame and wood slats.

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The roof system is a metal standing seam roof, unpainted Galvalume by Wicks. The siding is CertainTeed “Weatherboard” fiber cement panels, battens, and lap siding with a textured finish.

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Photos: Elliott Johnson Photographer

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