This secluded mountain ranch property in the Santa Cruz Mountains sits an elevation of 1380 ft. and is composed of two gently sloping terraces. The upper terrace is covered with mixed conifers and hardwoods with the house and outbuildings overlooking a creek, pond, meadows and open pine forest below.  

The clients sought to create a country getaway for family that would have enough room to serve as a retreat for larger groups.  Restoration of the original Victorian era farm house was considered, but found impractical due it's poor condition and some clumsy additions that had destroyed its original charm.   The theme of the design was a reinterpretation of local vernacular farm house, which fit the historical context and site well.

Ultimately the house design combines traditional and contemporary. A wrap around porch and low spreading roof enclose the home nestled an opening in the forest.  The  first floor is primarily a great room opening to the to the wrap around porch with a grand staircase leading to the pond.  The kitchen opens to a garden courtyard and the morning sun. The second floor master bedroom has a balcony overlooking the pond and sunset.  

A unique opportunity came when two large ponderosa pine trees died of insect infestation.  Though unfortunate to lose the trees they were milled on site into high quality lumber that was used for posts, beams, flooring, benches and interior paneling--beautiful, local, and sustainable.  This also provided an opportunity to design and build some custom furniture pieces for the home.  These included a seven foot round dining table, pantry doors,  an eight foot pine slab desk, and an eight foot pine slab picnic table for the outdoor dining pavilion.


Santa Cruz Mountain Ranch


A California vernacular ranch home in the Bonny Doon is nestled into the forested site with  a wrap around porch opening to the forest and private pond below.

AIBD California Residential

Design Awards, 2012

1st place Custom Home over 2,600 sf. & Designers

Choice Award