Enjoy Views Galore From This Contemporary Abode


contemporary exterior neutral driveway

Stucco and red clay tile roofing from Redland Clay Tile define a contemporary San Diego home by architect William Hayer, which was constructed by builder Ryan Hill, who frequently collaborates with Hayer. Stone-lined channels and minimalist plantings by landscape architect Brian Grove complement the structure.

contemporary entry pivot mahogany door

A pivoting custom mahogany entry door, featuring alabaster panels, opens to a central courtyard paved with poured concrete. The spectacular canyon views beyond the great room can be glimpsed through Marvin windows from Designer Window Supply.

contemporary great room neutral fireplace...

Interior designer Helene Ziman furnished the great room with a custom sofa and lounge chair in a Pindler chenille. She also conceived the stainless-steel-and-white-oak console, the side tables and the coffee table, all fabricated by Andrew Morgan Furniture. The Ascend wool rug keeps to the neutral palette chosen for the space. Travertine from Walker Zanger on the fireplace and a Michael Ruffini painting in the hallway add dynamic effects.

contemporary dining room steel chandelier...

A burnished-steel chandelier with a slim profile by Hubbardton Forge ensures that the dining room is well illuminated without obstructing the view of the metal sculpture by Micah Curtis just outside. Custom chairs surround the white-oak table from Seventh & 7th Designs. The carpet and the fabric for the host chairs are by Kravet.

contemporary neutral kitchen

Custom counter chairs face the kitchen island made of stone from BDG Design Group, polished Silestone by Cosentino and polished quartz from Pental Surfaces; above are Eurofase pendants. Design Synthesis fabricated the zebrano wood-veneer cabinetry. The Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are from Pirch; the Luxart faucets are from European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone.

contemporary dining area white-oak flooring

An acrylic hanging light fixture by Foscarini centers on the dining table and chairs from Lawrence in a breakfast area overlooking the canyon. The white-oak engineered wood flooring throughout the home is from Pacific Hardwood.

The fireplace, clad with honed...

The fireplace, clad with honed Arival stone from Marmol Export USA, creates a cozy feeling in the master bedroom. Cowtan & Tout suede from Harsey & Harsey covers the bed frame. The carved bench, dressed in a Kravet fabric, is by Liaigre from Thomas Lavin. Shaw Floors carpet is underfoot.

There’s something about a panoramic vista that puts things into perspective. That feeling is familiar for the young couple who decided to build their dream home on a spectacular property overlooking a canyon in Del Mar, California.

“They wanted it to be a great home for family and friends,” explains interior designer, Helene Ziman, “livable and trendy with organic warmth.”

In the courtyard, porcelain pavers surrounded by beds of stones point directly toward the south-facing canyon views along the back of the house. Inside, white oak flooring and a matching ceiling contribute to an array of textures. “There are these layers and undulating forms working together,” Ziman explains.

Within the layering of materials, however, there is repetition. The Zebrano wood, for example, has been used on the living room fireplace as well as for the custom cabinets in the kitchen and master bedroom. “Repeating the wood throughout the house creates continuity and harmony,” Ziman explains. “It’s so important to edit the space, so that one doesn’t speak louder than the other.”

According to architect, Bill Hayer, the house functions just as well as it looks. “I just love the way this house flows and the way it lives,” Hayer explains. “I’ve been to parties there, and it’s very comfortable.”

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