Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House


   Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House

This stunning Northern California residence embodies the very essence of sustainable living—from the material selections to the homeowners’ own lifestyle.


San Francisco, United States, 2020-04-13 –
Malcolm Davis Architecture (MDA) found inspiration in the surrounding landscape when designing this sustainable residence in Northern California. Embodying a casual, indoor-outdoor California lifestyle with its zen-like presence and modern architectural style, the residence, which is set amongst sweeping redwood and oak trees, resembles a modern-day ranch house.

Sustainable strategies were considered in the early planning stages of the residence. For example, instead of demolishing the original residence, the design team and homeowners opted to carefully dismantle it in order to salvage lumber and other materials, some of which were repurposed into the final design. MDA incorporated time-proven passive solar concepts to maximum effect, including southern exposures, thermal mass, cross ventilation for natural cooling and carefully calibrated solar shading along the generous southern overhangs. Other sustainable features include grey water harvesting, whereby the bathing and laundry water are stored and repurposed to flush toilets and irrigate the landscape, as well as photovoltaic panels that produce electricity and solar thermal panels that preheat the domestic and pool water. Another important design move was to preserve a hundred-year-old, above ground concrete cistern, a remnant of the site’s agrarian history.

From a design perspective, the house, while distinctly modern in style, pulls forms and materials from 80 years of contemporary Northern California architecture. Harkening back to the property’s history as a walnut grove, MDA worked with Ground Studio Landscape Architecture to retain the existing redwood and oak trees, as well as to cultivate an olive grove at the lower half of the site. The olive grove and lack of a perimeter fence make the property and neighboring parcels feel more expansive as they “borrow” a sense of spaciousness from one another.

Despite its suburban context, this single acre site lives larger as a result of careful siting and an extended entry procession through an olive grove. This modern ranch house, invisible from the street, provides the owners with a sheltered refuge, more befitting of the country than a suburban lot. The house, encompassed by nature, feels a world away from neighboring Silicon Valley.

About Malcolm Davis Architecture
(mdarch.net @malcolmdavisarchitecture)

MDA’s design philosophy is rooted in context, specifically site-specific, classic forms imbued with strong interior and exterior connections. Utilizing natural light is of paramount importance to the firm, as are the unique challenges of urban infill, historic buildings and sustainable building strategies. With a passion for bringing warmth to modern design, MDA celebrates each project’s character through careful interpretation and sensitivity to the program, orientation, context and climate, whether new build or renovation.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - A serene, spa-like exterior offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The home's solar thermal panels preheat the water used throughout the home, including the pool water. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography A serene, spa-like exterior offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The home’s solar thermal panels preheat the water used throughout the home, including the pool water.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The home subtly shows off its concrete elements through the flooring and board-formed concrete walls. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The home subtly shows off its concrete elements through the flooring and board-formed concrete walls.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The interior courtyard offers an intimate, natural space that expands the indoor/outdoor design aesthetic. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The interior courtyard offers an intimate, natural space that expands the indoor/outdoor design aesthetic.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The play of natural light across the concrete walls reveals the texture of the wooden form work used in its construction. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The play of natural light across the concrete walls reveals the texture of the wooden form work used in its construction.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The homeowners work with Quinn Morgan Design to furnish the home. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The homeowners work with Quinn Morgan Design to furnish the home.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - Native landscaping by Ground Studio Landscape Architecture provides a soft, contextual exterior ambiance. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography Native landscaping by Ground Studio Landscape Architecture provides a soft, contextual exterior ambiance.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The home includes a generous planted stair that gracefully connects the home to the site's wooded landscape. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The home includes a generous planted stair that gracefully connects the home to the site’s wooded landscape.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - Carefully considered glazing offers a glimpse of the tree canopy beyond. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography Carefully considered glazing offers a glimpse of the tree canopy beyond.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - A linear skylight bathes the wall of the dressing room in natural light. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography A linear skylight bathes the wall of the dressing room in natural light.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The home's grey water harvesting system means that bathing water is stored and repurposed to flush toilets and irrigate the landscape. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The home’s grey water harvesting system means that bathing water is stored and repurposed to flush toilets and irrigate the landscape.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - A large skylight above the shower and a generous sliding glass panel open the bathroom to the landscape beyond, creating an indoor-outdoor bathing experience. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography A large skylight above the shower and a generous sliding glass panel open the bathroom to the landscape beyond, creating an indoor-outdoor bathing experience.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The expansive, indoor-outdoor qualities of the home are evident from every room. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The expansive, indoor-outdoor qualities of the home are evident from every room.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - A view from the kitchen offers perspectives onto the main living space and front door and pool beyond. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography A view from the kitchen offers perspectives onto the main living space and front door and pool beyond.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The open-concept living room, dining room, kitchen aligns across the south-facing porch. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The open-concept living room, dining room, kitchen aligns across the south-facing porch.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The island displays interlocking joints at the corners, highlighting the full dimension of the solid walnut wood wrap. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The island displays interlocking joints at the corners, highlighting the full dimension of the solid walnut wood wrap.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - A view into the family room beyond. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography A view into the family room beyond.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The kitchen nook overlooks the existing mature trees. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The kitchen nook overlooks the existing mature trees.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The home glows like a lantern at night. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography The home glows like a lantern at night.

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Press kit | 2757-14 - Press release | Malcolm Davis Architecture Designs A Sustainable, Modern-Day California Ranch House - Malcolm Davis Architecture - Residential Architecture - The owners enlisted MDA to design their ultimate dream home in Northern California, and drew upon their commitment to sustainability and feng shui—the wife is a therapist and yoga instructor who sees clients and holds wellness retreats in the guest house—to incorporate sustainable elements and green materials into their home. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte PhotographyThe owners enlisted MDA to design their ultimate dream home in Northern California, and drew upon their commitment to sustainability and feng shui—the wife is a therapist and yoga instructor who sees clients and holds wellness retreats in the guest house—to incorporate sustainable elements and green materials into their home.

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