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High Horse Ranch
Project Type:
Single Family Home, Rural
Project Location:
Willits, California 95490
USA
Project Scope:
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Awards and Acknowledgements:
Architectural Record:
2018 Record Houses
Design Features:
Off-Site Fabrication, Reclaimed Wood, Pivoting Glass Doors, Radiant Heating, Solar Thermal Collector
Project Summary:
High Horse Ranch, in Mendocino County, California, has abundant wildlife—deer, bobcats, chorus frogs, juncos, and more—but nothing equine. Echoing the names of such nearby places as Dead Horse Canyon, this mountainous 64-acre property playfully honors owner Clive McCarthy, who, as his wife, Tricia Bell, puts it, “enjoys getting on his high horse, now and then, for a good-natured rant.” It’s also a nod to the land’s former use: as a marijuana farm. But no longer committed to such crops, the property is now a retreat for this couple and their guests—a remote getaway designed for comfort and an intimate experience with wild terrain in dramatic surroundings. Additional Content: Jump to credits & specifications The pair first came here looking to create an escape from San Francisco, 150 miles to the south, where they inhabit a converted industrial warehouse. They welcomed the idea of getting above the Northern California fog, on a site that reaches an elevation of 2,300 feet. After driving up switchbacks on a gravel road—through steep, mossy terrain, amid soaring firs and craggy oaks draped in lacy lichen—they’d barely entered the property when they caught an unexpected glimpse of a spectacular mountain cleft beneath them; they were smitten. As Bell, then a practicing physician, recalls, “Right then, we both knew we wanted to buy the place.” They considered local architects before encountering a book by Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake on Loblolly, a house fabricated off-site. “I loved the precision,” says McCarthy, a British-born former electrical engineer turned tech executive, who now makes digitally inspired artworks. He and Bell were impressed that Loblolly had been assembled (rather than built) without even a chainsaw on-site. They too hoped to tread lightly, preserving the abundant trees on their nearly pristine land. Soon KieranTimberlake partner James Timberlake visited the property. As he recalls, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime site, and we all hit it off.” Apart from Loblolly, designed by partner Stephen Kieran for his own family, and the temporary Cellophane House in a parking lot at MoMA, the firm hadn’t tried other off-site residential fabrication, much less for a “real” client in a challenging spot. The couple envisioned a mountaintop house with a seemingly casual, yet orchestrated, approach. The quarter-mile ascent on their grounds would offer that teasing initial peek into the valley before
(Source: Architectural Record)
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Design and Construction Team:
CVM
Structural Engineer
Moderna Homes
General Contractor
Engineering 350
Mecanical and Electrical Engineer
Fabricators and Manufacturers:
DR Johnson
Glulam Columns and Beams
Henry
Weather Barrier
Niles Expanded Metals
Weathering Steel expanded Metal Rainscreen
CCSMR | Custom Copper Sheet Metal and Roofing
Custom Rainscreen Fabrication and Installation
Sika Sarnafil
PVC Roofing
Fleetwood Windows & Doors
Aluminum Windows; Aluminum Hinged, Pivot, and Sliding Doors
Velux
Skylights
Assa Abloy
Locksets
Richlite
Cabinet Front Material
Penofin
Paints and Stains
Corian
Solid Surfacing
North Cal Wood Products
Reclaimed Wood Flooring and Ceilings
USAI Lighting
Downlights and Exterior Lighting
Lutron
Lighting Controls
Duravit
Toilets, Lavatories, Shower Tray
Kohler
Floor Drains, Kitchen Sinks
Zurn
Floor Drains
Hansgrohe
Bathroom Faucets, Showerheads and Controls
Dornbracht
Kitchen Faucets
Uponor
Radiant Heating
HTP
Solar Thermal Collector
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