Carmel Valley

Overview
This beautiful Spanish Colonial style home is located in Carmel Valley, a 13-mile drive east of the coast and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The gently sloping property is surrounded by oak trees and wildflowers. It replaced the original home built in the 1950s, which was a classic low profile ranch style that showed its age and was poorly maintained. Left as is, it embodied the free-spirited ethos of the hippie movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Challenges
The owners sought a highly energy-efficient home that harmonized with California’s traditional Spanish architecture, complete with a looping motor court, a grand center fountain, and a matching detached collector’s car garage. The original home was demolished to accommodate the expanded footprint required for the new residence and driveway. A prime location for the collector’s garage was identified a short walk downhill amidst a canopy of majestic oaks. Additionally, a separate entrance and driveway for the collector’s garage were essential elements of the design.

The Solution
The proficient and skilled team of Architect Mackenzie Patterson and McNamee Construction worked in harmony, constantly collaborating to develop innovative and energy-efficient construction methods that played a crucial role in the sustainability and successful completion of the project. The owner’s remarkable contributions were invaluable, further enhancing the project’s success and reception.

The Results
The result is the complete transformation of this beautiful Carmel Valley property into a stunning example of Spanish Colonial architecture. The new home seamlessly blends innovative energy-efficient design with traditional aesthetics, featuring thickened exterior walls, clay tiled roof, vaulted ceilings with heavy timbers, expansive tile floors with radiant heating, richly plastered walls, and a gourmet kitchen with soap stone counters. The project stands as a testament to the power of teamwork, creativity, and commitment to sustainability, leaving a lasting legacy in the Carmel Valley landscape.

Architect: MacKenzie Patterson AIA

Photography: Kip Evans