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Good Sea Ranch House Design


I don’t care for most Sea Ranch architecture. Too sterile, and no overhangs, which is just dumb here on the west coast. Landscaping at Sea Ranch, by Laurence Halprin, however, is brilliant; he just left everything as was, coyote bush and all.

This house, however, looked good to my eye.


3 Responses to Good Sea Ranch House Design

  1. Steve Davy says:

    Im with ya, Lloyd. I suppose the architect would say that the lack of overhangs has to do with windy conditions but I think it has to do with cutting costs. The less water that hits the walls, the less maintenance in the long run. I agree about the landscaping. Interesting side note, the Indians regularly burned the coastal plains to clear brush, discourage forest incursion and encourage grass and food growth. Also it made the deer easier to see. Now with no burning, the brush is returning and all that open plain will eventually be brush and trees.

  2. KB says:

    The lack of roof overhangs is also intended to allow the near-constant strong breezes to pass over the buildings without the turbulence the overhangs would create. (from Wikipedia article on the design aspects of the project).

    It also opens the views all the way up to the sky when looking out from the interior. But more than anything Sea Ranch was intended to have modern structure aesthetics while using historic materials left in a natural weathered color to better blend in with the natural landscape. They of course wanted to build there but not have their presence feel intrusive on that landscape, subtle is the goal. Its modern architecture meets Cape Cod Salt Box houses.

  3. gene89 says:

    Posted the following on Shelter blog some time back.

    “kiniboy said…

    Aloha, Lloyd. Yeah, good call on the overhang detail. Have same problem here in Hawaii, especially on windward sides. The code … or at least it used to … allow for a little extra overhang. But, still see a lot of austere roof lines, with the rain freely entering through open windows. It’s a bitch on screen frames, sills and carpets.
    Thanks for the good eye.

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