Cloudy Meadow Ranch is located on a 3000-acre preserve in the Paso Robles region of California. BAR Architects was commissioned to design a new home replacing a much loved adobe brick house irreparably damaged in an earthquake. Using similar siting and keeping the sequence of living spaces diagrammatically the same successfully carries the spirit of the original house into the new design.
Although designed in a different architectural style, to the clients delight, the larger and more complex interiors of the new home are clearly reminiscent of the original house. The classic California ranch house vernacular is reinforced by board and batten wood siding and standing-seam metal roofs. Screened porches and trellised terraces shade the home from the regions intense summer sun while a combination of contemporary space planning and strong axial relationships between rooms create visual layering of indoor and outdoor spaces.
A restrained palette of materials, colors and finishes throughout the home instills a casual and relaxed atmosphere. A new painting studio was added to an existing wood-framed art studio that survived the 2003 earthquake. The painting studio has a large roof monitor allowing plentiful daylight, and its large, overhanging hip roof cuts out all direct sunlight. A screened porch provides the connection between old and new buildings and according to the owners is a great place for the dogs to hang out.