This Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects house was designed for a large family in Marin County, California. Spacious and rich in features, the ranch serves as a home base for the extended family. The kitchen and dining area seats 16 people, and there are multiple bunks to sleep a crowd. The stone courtyard is expansive enough to welcome everyone outside, where they can enjoy the plunge pool, the hot tub, and a view of Mount Tamalpais in the distance. However grand, the homestead is also sustainable. The facade is made of locally sourced Western red cedar and topped with a corrugated zinc roof. Large windows bring in natural lighting, and stainless steel sunshades provide passive temperature control. The home is powered by a remote photovoltaic array and outfitted with high R-value insulation, zoned radiant heat, passive cooling, rainwater toilet flushing, and salvaged wood flooring. All in all, there’s no question about it; this West Coast home is both a traditional gathering place and an environmental powerhouse.

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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