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Inside a modern rural house with breathtaking views over Portola Valley

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Richard Beard Architects has designed this modern rural house that is located just south of San Francisco near Portola Valley, California. Attuned to the rhythms of nature—notably the fog that spills nightly over Windy Hill along the Coast Range—this elegant yet understated house is the result of site-specific design for a growing, young family.

The gently sloped property unfolds in layers, from the access road through to the house and beyond. The house is both intimate and expansive, making the most of its setting, sitting quietly on the land, incorporating the ever-changing views into daily life.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Richard Beard of Richard Beard Architects (designed by Richard Beard when he was a Principal at BAR Architects) CONTRACTOR Alftin Construction LIGHTING DESIGN Vita Pehar Design LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Arterra Landscape Architects

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Backed by the dramatic landscapes of California’s scenic Portola Valley, the Westridge house embraces its natural setting with an elevated take on the rural vernacular.

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The 7,000-square-foot dwelling is comprised of a series of gabled forms, an exterior palette of cedar shingles and stone references the rugged surrounds while oak, fir, and cedar wrap the interiors in rustic warmth.

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Thoughtfully placed windows and glazing keep the living spaces connected to the outdoors but for more expansive views, a covered terrace provides sweeping vistas across the oak trees and to the neighboring Windy Hill in the distance.

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What We Love: This modern rural house offers warm and inviting living spaces for family living and entertaining. Throughout you will find a seamless indoor-outdoor connection that brings nature inside while creating a relaxed atmosphere. Overall, we are loving the stunning aesthetics of this home, from the comfortable furnishings to the soaring ceilings and eye-catching material palette. The scenic surroundings offer a feeling of tranquility that would make anyone feel right at home.

Tell Us: What details most inspired you in the design of this home and why in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the architects of this project: Luxury dream home designed for entertaining in San Francisco Bay Area and English country home with a modern coastal vibe on the Big Sur coast.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Dyer

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