A serene home merges with its breathtaking setting of Carmel by the Sea


This serene contemporary home was designed by Studio Schicketanz, located in Tehama, a community just outside of the seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. The sprawling property of almost 7 acres boasts unobstructed panoramic views of Carmel Valley and the Santa Lucia Range.

This 3,521 square foot structure was sited on a centrally cleared knoll and surrounded by natural woodlands mixed with sculptural coast live oak trees and native grasses. The architects organized the house and guesthouse around a central courtyard, with seamless connections between the interior and exterior.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Studio Schicketanz BUILDER Hunt Brothers Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Bernard Trainor + Associates


Textured stone walls give rise to controlled cement steps leading to a crisply modernist structure detailed with geometric framing and supporting a cantilevered roof that offers a shaded penumbra around the entirety of the structure.


Light is at play everywhere, from the dappled light that hits the stone wall to the reflection of the majestic neighboring tree in the house’s expansive glass facade.


Above: The flooring is reclaimed teak, while the ceiling is clad in fir, providing warmth to the modern living room. Floor-to-ceiling fir-framed windows capture mesmerizing views of rolling hills.


What We Love: This serene home was designed to highlight the beauty of its surrounding natural environment. Interior living spaces were designed to not detract from the setting but to enhance it. We are loving the neutral palette complemented by stylish yet comfortable furnishings. The floor-to-ceiling windows help to create light and airy spaces while embracing nature and inviting it inside.

Tell Us: What do you like best about the design of this home? Any details you would change? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of California: An airy woodland retreat nestled in Carmel’s Santa Lucia Preserve and Stunning Mediterranean style retreat nestled on a hilltop in Carmel Valley.


On the interior, neutral tones work with the couple’s art collection and pops of luxurious detail like an antique dresser and a smooth round tub to offer a consistent feeling of an evocatively natural aesthetic. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly together through the barest hint of doorways and enclosure; everywhere is permeated by sun and sky.


Above: In the kitchen, integral-color plaster walls, travertine floors, and niches set into 18-inch thick walls framing French doors.




Above: The primary bathroom features a Vegas tub by Concreteworks and a Waterworks tub filler. On the floors, Mexican travertine sourced from Gladwin I Design Tile.



Above: The central courtyard is planted with olive trees, which features a fireplace wall with stone installed by Rodda’s Hard Rock Masonry.







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Bette Wilkes
2 years ago

I love the fixture in the kitchen . Where can I find it?

2 years ago

Very nice home. I love the stone and the warmness inside.
Why is the Elevation drawing a mirror image?

2 years ago
Reply to  David

Must have been drawn by a mechanical draftsperson :-)