Architecture

Green-roofed guest house cantilevers over a Californian hillside

Green-roofed guest house canti...
Much of the Off-Grid Guest House's glazing is operable and opens the home up to the outdoors 
Much of the Off-Grid Guest House's glazing is operable and opens the home up to the outdoors 
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The Off-Grid Guest House is located in a rural area on the Californian coastline 
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The Off-Grid Guest House is located in a rural area on the Californian coastline 
The Off-Grid Guest House's green roof helps it blend into the landscape
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The Off-Grid Guest House's green roof helps it blend into the landscape
The recently-completed Off-Grid Guest House is finished in glass, concrete, steel, and wood
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The recently-completed Off-Grid Guest House is finished in glass, concrete, steel, and wood
The Off-Grid Guest House's bedroom offers amazing views of the area
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The Off-Grid Guest House's bedroom offers amazing views of the area
The Off-Grid Guest House is kept a comfortable temperature with a combination of radiant floor heating, cross ventilation from the operable sliding glass, a pellet burning stove, and an insulating green roof
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The Off-Grid Guest House is kept a comfortable temperature with a combination of radiant floor heating, cross ventilation from the operable sliding glass, a pellet burning stove, and an insulating green roof
The Off-Grid Guest House has its own well, providing plenty of water for this tastefully furnished bathroom
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The Off-Grid Guest House has its own well, providing plenty of water for this tastefully furnished bathroom
Much of the Off-Grid Guest House's glazing is operable and opens the home up to the outdoors 
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Much of the Off-Grid Guest House's glazing is operable and opens the home up to the outdoors 
Over the other side of the wall pictured is the Off-Grid Guest House's garage and laundry room. The main residence is also nearby 
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Over the other side of the wall pictured is the Off-Grid Guest House's garage and laundry room. The main residence is also nearby 
The Off-Grid Guest House's green roof is planted with local grasses and helps it blend into the unspoiled landscape
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The Off-Grid Guest House's green roof is planted with local grasses and helps it blend into the unspoiled landscape
The Off-Grid Guest House's interior is finished in a tasteful palette of concrete, steel, and wood
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The Off-Grid Guest House's interior is finished in a tasteful palette of concrete, steel, and wood
The Off-Grid Guest House's interior layout is centered around a generous living room that opens up to the outside
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The Off-Grid Guest House's interior layout is centered around a generous living room that opens up to the outside
The Off-Grid Guest House was designed by architect Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steve Willson of Willson Design, with the interior design handled by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
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The Off-Grid Guest House was designed by architect Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steve Willson of Willson Design, with the interior design handled by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
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Judging by its attractive design and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, we'd guess that the owners of the Off-Grid Guest House aren't lacking in visitors. Located in a rural area on California's coast, it juts out over the hillside, and as its name suggests, runs off-the-grid with solar power and its own well.

The recently-completed Off-Grid Guest House is finished in glass, concrete, steel, and wood. It's topped by a green roof, which is planted with local grass and helps the home blend into the landscape.

Its interior is dominated by a living room that opens up to the outside with sliding glazing and is surrounded by a deck that cantilevers over the hillside. Nearby lies a kitchen and dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom are further inside. A garage and laundry room are adjacent to the guest house, and the main residence, not pictured, is a stone's throw away.

The Off-Grid Guest House is kept a comfortable temperature with a combination of radiant floor heating, cross ventilation from the operable sliding glass, a pellet burning stove, and an insulating green roof
The Off-Grid Guest House is kept a comfortable temperature with a combination of radiant floor heating, cross ventilation from the operable sliding glass, a pellet burning stove, and an insulating green roof

The home is tastefully furnished and the abundance of glazing helps put the focus squarely on the view.

Due to the remote location, there is no mains electricity or water hookup available, so the home (and main residence) is totally powered by a solar power system. LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances were installed to reduce energy demand, and it has its own well and water treatment system, too.

Visitors are kept a comfortable temperature with a combination of radiant underfloor heating, cross ventilation from the operable sliding glass, and a pellet burning stove, as well the insulating green roof.

The Off-Grid Guest House was designed by architect Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steve Willson of Willson Design, along with Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

Sources: Anacapa, Wilson Design, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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3 comments
McDesign
Gorgeous - it calls out to my need to "live in sculpture".
Wolf0579
Just another million dollar piece of architecture that we, the little people of the world, will have to pay to be rebuilt, again, and again, after either a landslide, or earthquake or firestorm, through higher insurance premiums. The bitch of it is, we will never even lay eyeballs on all the structures we pay to rebuild. Thanks for showing us.
ljaques
Except for the "tasteful concrete", it's a beautiful home...for an extrovert who has a window washing fetish. +1, Wolf0579.