When the Burtons asked Marmol Radziner to design their vacation house in Mendocino County they wanted a very simple project made of replaceable materials.
A clearly mid century modern inspired element of the project is its aim of preserving and improving the natural beauty of the property by placing the building in a careful and unobtrusive way. Clearly the modernist principle of integrating indoors with outdoors perfectly suited the project.
The house has an L-plan with its main volume oriented east to west and arranged in an open plan.
The living room, kitchen, and dining room extend themselves towards south onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace and pool. The deep overhangs -sealing off the entire length of the house when the Burtons are not in- keeps the heat out of the rooms and provides protection from rain; making the outside livable even in extreme weather conditions; a very mid century modern architectural element.
As they are passionate about cooking, the Burtons asked to instal a wood-fired oven in their kitchen and to have a custom Grillery fireplace-barbecue built into the concrete block wall.
The master bedroom extends to the north, following the edge of the hilltop and ending in a private deck that gets the morning light from east.
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