A Historic Home In Sea Ranch Gets New Life

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Architects Lewis Butler and Reba Jones and designer Matthew Leverone updated a 1970s home perched on a cliff in Sea Ranch. A guesthouse was added to the property and both structures were clad with vertical cedar siding. Tony and Susan Ventrella refreshed the landscape with California natives and New Zealand plantings.

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In the common room of the guesthouse, Leverone arranged a sectional sofa by BoConcept with a Tangier Hassock ottoman by Michael Berman Limited from Sloan Miyasato near the room's ample windows. The armchair is by Jens Risom for Knoll from Design Within Reach, and the wool rug is from Paterson Floor Coverings.

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In the open kitchen, a Caesarstone countertop complements sleek Bulthaup cabinetry and a back-painted glass backsplash by Paige Glass. The faucets are by Dornbracht; the new floors are by Tree Lovers Floors.

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Leverone appointed the living area with a David Weeks Studio light fixture, which suspends above an A. Rudin sofa, stools from Room & Board and coffee tables of his own design. The designer also placed a pair of swivel chairs by A. Rudin upholstered with a Holly Hunt fabric near the new windows by Fleetwood Windows & Doors.

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In the dining space, dome pendants by FontanaArte from YLighting hang above a table by Rimadesio from Arkitektura. Leverone arranged Ava chairs from Room & Board around the table and added texture to the area with a wool rug with leather binding from Woven Designs.

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new spacious library features a spiral staircase, which accesses a second-level office. A blackened-steel side table by Crate & Barrel sits next to a custom A. Rudin sectional upholstered with a Pindler fabric. The rug is from Woven Designs.

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Leverone created a seating area in the master bedroom with two A. Rudin chairs upholstered with fabric by Romo. They rest on a wool rug from Paterson Floor Coverings. The window shades are by Lutron.

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Custom cabinetry crafted by Gleason and Tankard defines the master bathroom, where Wetstyle sinks are paired with Dornbracht faucets. Above the Caesarstone countertop, two mirrors flank a sconce by Eureka. A custom ottoman rests on an RH rug.

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Nightstands by A. Rudin flank the owners' bed by Duxiana in the master bedroom, where the walls are wrapped with vertical wood paneling. The bench at the foot of the bed is custom. The artwork by Indira Martina Morre, and other works throughout, were sourced through Laura Grigsby Art Consulting.

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A stone terrace located off of the family room steps up to a wood deck off of the dining area and offers sweeping views across the backyard lawn to the water. The furnishings are by Janus et Cie.

modern exterior driveway

Architects Lewis Butler and Reba Jones and designer Matthew Leverone updated a 1970s home perched on a cliff in Sea Ranch. A guesthouse was added to the property and both structures were clad with vertical cedar siding. Tony and Susan Ventrella refreshed the landscape with California natives and New Zealand plantings.

modern office window seat view...

Leverone had a cushion upholstered for a built-in window seat in the wife's office; it creates a comfortable perch and offers an expansive view. Builder Clayton Timbrell executed the vertical-grain Douglas-fir paneling.

Imagine views of rugged cliffs, raging waves and towering cypress trees surround you. For one couple, this is their reality, as their home is tucked into this lush backdrop along the Pacific coastline in Sea Ranch–an iconic community with a rich history.

Originally designed in 1974 by Ralph Matheson and renovated in the 1990s by William Turnbull Jr., the residence displays the historically agrarian vernacular of the area and features an understated box form and a vertical wood exterior. The homeowners were adamant about to both preserve elements and create new features.

At the homeowners request, architects Lewis Butler and Reba Jones and designer Matthew Leverone went to work on the renovation updating the home, opening it to its ocean views and expanding it to include guest quarters.

The architects replaced the exterior redwood siding with cedar, but kept its verticality. “It was intended to bring your eye up to the sky,” says Jones. Adds Butler, “We didn’t want the house to lose its early Sea Ranch aesthetic.”

For the interiors, Leverone, who developed the furnishings and the interior architecture, dressed the interior walls and ceiling with Douglas-fir siding. “We introduced grayed espresso rift-cut wood floors to offset the light wood,” Leverone says. “The interiors had to speak to the landscape without overpowering it.”

The resulting home honors both its history and the dramatic landscape that surrounds it.

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