Scenic rolling hills dotted with majestic oak trees characterize much of Central California. The temperate climate, and unspoiled flora and fauna of the area have fostered weekend retreats, bed and breakfast inns and a noteworthy group of hardworking winemakers. For a young family who sought such a weekend getaway from Los Angeles, the remote location of this 30-acre lakeside ranch property became a dream come true. Purchased in 2005, KAA Design created a master plan including homesteads, a vineyard, a barn structure, boathouse, and several other amenities. The project began with two 1,000 square foot pre-fab dwellings from the KAA designed “HOMEscape in Style” lifestyle product line.

A constellation of varied lamps—all made of nautical rope—expresses the organic magic at Split Rock Ranch.

The central living area reveals the focus of the two-bedroom, two-bath homes: simplicity, transparency, sustainability. Constructed with environmentally sensitive and FSC-certified materials, including cork floors, the dwellings feature site-built decks on each side. The uphill deck is anchored by a CorTen steel fireplace that serves as a setting for outdoor dining. At just one thousand square feet, the homes encourage family togetherness and easy indooroutdoor living.

A bit of happenstance provides a moment of respect for nature as the unexpected exposed bedrock becomes the foundation for the concrete retaining wall that follows the slope of the hill.

A one-hundred-year-old Aermotor windmill, found entirely disassembled in a Paso Robles junkyard, presides over the growing grapes.

The juxtaposition of the natural terrain and the rolling grid of vines is the ultimate expression of the connection between man and nature. The vine rows make way for centuries-old California oaks.

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Split Rock Ranch


Paso Robles, CA



KAA Services


Landscape Architecture

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