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English country home with a modern coastal vibe on the Big Sur coast

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Designed by Richard Beard Architects, this project is a mix of English country with a modern coastal vibe, nestled along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, California. The narrow, two-story plan limits site coverage while providing mesmerizing views over the bluff edge to the natural features that line the coast. 

The residence showcases an incredible collection of regional art and antiques. The Interior designer for the project is Arthur Dunnam for Jed Johnson Studio, New York. The design also included restoring native landscaping to the property surrounding the house which had been compromised prior to the owners acquiring the property.

Project Team: 

  • Richard Beard of Richard Beard Architects (designed by Beard while a principal at BAR Architects)
  • Ground Studio (Landscape Architect)
  • Arthur Dunham for Jed Johnson (Interior Design)
  • Stocker & Allaire (Contractor)

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Invisible from the nearby Pacific Coast Highway, but open to views of ocean and landscape, this house is an exercise in restraint in its dramatic setting. “The ocean view is not the only asset, so we put the house close to the bluff, but with a foreground presence,” Beard says.

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“It’s not too engaged with the water – but you can still appreciate the ocean crashing on the rocks.” The home’s simple, elemental volumes are built using a limited palette of materials. Derived from both classic English country houses and modern coastal California homes, the narrow, two-story plan limits site coverage yielding space for a series of protected outdoor rooms. 

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“Diagramming the project’s essential elements, notes Richard Beard, principal architect for the project, “led us to expose the rugged inherent nature of the site. You want to see the cliff and the trees leaning in the wind—and you want people to be comfortable out in the wild.” Inside, this modern coastal house features an eclectic collection of regional art and antiques.

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Coffered ceilings, wood-paneled walls, stone flooring, and metal accents come together to create a rich interior. Here, the weather—light, atmosphere, and fog—is in a constant state of flux. In response, the interiors are imbued with color to animate spaces even when it’s overcast and cloudy.

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The site itself, much of which had been compromised prior to the owners acquiring the property, was restored with the addition of extensive native landscaping. A set of five outdoor rooms, including a protected courtyard, feature unique gardens with plants from around the world. Platforms and terraces work together to capture the essence of a naturally shaped amphitheater.

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What We Love: This beautiful home with a modern coastal vibe offers warm and inviting living spaces and a fantastic indoor-outdoor connection. Since this home is set along the Big Sur coastline, large windows help to frame the magnificent views, helping to create a feeling of tranquility. Overall, we are loving the exquisite details throughout this home and wonderful outdoor living spaces to enjoy the unforgettable sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing about the design of this home and why in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have showcased here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Richard Beard Architects: Luxury dream home designed for entertaining in San Francisco Bay Area.

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Photos: Nick Johnson

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