This project was a complete makeover of a 1950’s ranch style home. The original building perimeter and roofline are discernible in the background, but an entirely new image for the home, modern but reminiscent of the California arts and crafts style, occupies the foreground. A series of light boxes provides skylights for the altered interior plan, increasing ceiling heights and breaking up the long, low roof plane. A primary design objective was to open up the home to the remodeled pool and new gardens surrounding it, blurring the distinction between inside and out. Generously sized, clear stained wood windows let in the views. New porches, patios and cedar trellis provide a variety of outdoor living areas. Throughout the home, the use of sensuous natural materials and careful detailing allow the owners to enjoy the art of living well.