Wilder Butterfly House

This remodel on the beach in Carmel is for a young family with 2 active children.

The program called for maximizing the volume within the strict and complicated rules of the City of Carmel. Horizontal pop-outs and a vertical clerestory lantern over the kitchen capture light and add a little space here and there. The skylight is electronic and when switched off-becomes opaque so no light impacts the nightscape.

The design employs Monterey Cypress from fallen trees in Golden Gate Park to provide a golden honey hued horizontal siding, in harmony with the modern wooden home next door. The cypress clad stainless steel garage doors are fabricated by a company that makes doors for fire stations and they accordion-open in just a few seconds.

Principal Architect: Robert Carver, AIA, LEED AP
Job Captain: Warren Littell
Permits: Robert Carver
Lighting Design: Light Ideas – Roger Rector
Landscape Design: Fred Ballerini/Robert Carver
Interior Design: Details by Others
Mechanical Engineering: Monterey Energy Group
General Contractor: Hunt Brothers Construction
Photography: Douglas Steakley