Upon approach, between two oak canopies, a quaint bridge guides you over a natural creek bed to this home in Old Agoura Hills. The formerly undeveloped 5-acre property is the last private land that abuts the public Open Space Preserve beyond. Integration with the preserved natural surroundings, ancient California Red oaks, and protected watersheds were paramount for the new residence and its siting. This led to the separation of the main parts of the home into one story, horizontal pavilions linked via indoor and outdoor walkways. The Main cabin houses the living and kitchen spaces and is flanked to the west by the Master Cabin and to the east by the Guest cabin. Further to the east, nestled into the land, the car barn houses the “toys”, workshop, and gym loft.
Dubbed “Dirty Modern” by our clients, the modern rustic sensibility encourages a natural flow of circulation and provides multiple transitional spaces between indoor and outdoor. Simple forms are rendered in materials that were chosen to compliment the natural setting and low maintenance qualities and include colored board-formed concrete walls, corten corrugated steel siding, vertical grain Douglas fir doors and windows, and standing-seam zinc roofing. The roofs gently tilt upwards to cast the eye on to the horizon of hilltops beyond. The landscape is left natural to set the stage for the majestic oaks and to weave the indigenous rock and plantings throughout the peaceful village.