Magazine article Sunset

Lightening Up

Magazine article Sunset

Lightening Up

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New doors, window seats, and subtle earth tones update this 1965 ranch house

This makeover in Carmel Valley, California, combines the patina of history with the panache of contemporary interior design. The house's original owners, an engineer and his wife, made their own adobe bricks, stacked them until they reached ceiling height, placed redwood beams recycled from old bridge supports on top, and were done. But the resulting series of small rooms didn't work for the lifestyle of the new owners. They opened up the house while burnishing its adobe-style character.

Over several years, with help from architect Eric Miller and interior designer Jan Gardner, the new owners painstakingly rebuilt and expanded the structure while preserving the wood beams and adobe walls.

The spacious great room illustrates the transformation. A new fireplace with a raised hearth is flanked by cozy window seats with accent pillows. The owners painted the ceiling offwhite and applied a stain to the rustic beams to make them look like driftwood. …

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