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Big Sur Residence by Richard Beard Architects

Richard Beard Architects designed this stunning private residence located between Highway 1 and the California coastline

Photography by © Nick Johnson

Richard Beard Architects designed this stunning private residence located between Highway 1 and the California coastline. Derived from both classic English country houses and modern coastal California homes, the  Big Sur Residence’s narrow, 2-story plan limits site coverage while providing a very dramatic oceanside view. The house features a great collection of regional art, and antiques. The interior designer for the project is Arthur Dunnam for Jed Johnson Studio, New York. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.

Photography by © Nick Johnson

From the architects: 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.

Photography by © Nick Johnson

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. “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.

Photography by © Nick Johnson

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, the 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. 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.

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)
Photography by Nick Johnson

Find more projects by Richard Beard Architects: www.richard-beard.com

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