Countryside Escapes: Eco-Friendly Ranch House in California

With a low profile that blends with the surrounding hills, photovoltaic panels, and natural ventilation and shading, this modern ranch house in California is the epitome of eco-friendly design. The interior is just as impressive, with midcentury-modern style furnishings and a flowing floor plan.

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Contemporary Ranch Exterior and Front Drive

Full of windows and long, low architecture, this unique home is tied intimately to its natural surroundings.

Caterpillar House Exterior and Purple Flowers

Glass doors open the main living area up to a large south-facing porch and on the other side, to the gracious entry way. Purple flowers make a blanket all around.

Ranch House Exterior and Fields

This beautiful home, called the Caterpillar House, sits amidst the rolling hills of Carmel, California. Feldman Architecture designed it to blend gracefully with its surroundings and be environmentally conscious.

Caterpillar House Exterior and Hills

This home is perched amidst the rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. Its architecture is environmentally-conscious and wonderfully harmonious with the land around it.

Caterpillar House Exterior and Tree

The home's natural ventilation and shading, as well as photovoltaic panels, make it eco-friendly and as complementary practically as it is visually to the land around it.

Ranch House Exterior and Front Steps

The roof of the home swoops up and out from the exterior with walls of glass intimately connecting the rooms to the beautiful surroundings. Plants peek up from in between the steps, another fun way to tie the home to nature.

Outer Door and Garden Beds

Multi-level garden beds are filled with gravel and succulent plantings. Wood, metal and concrete are used together in a mix that's both sophisticated and graceful.

Midcentury Open Plan Living Room With Windows

Windows wrap around this home's open concept main living space that feels intimately connected to the landscape. Midcentury modern furnishings are a humble, yet lovely complement to the spectacular setting.

Modern Fireplace and Wood Shelf

In this living room, an unusual shelf sits atop a concrete slab; its wide-spaced wood slats allow the sunlight to filter in. Below, a long, low modern fireplace echoes the general shape and lines of the ranch home.

Open Plan Kitchen With Twin Barstools

The interior rooms are designed around this sophisticated kitchen that's flooded with sunlight and open sightlines.

Dining Room With Open Walls

Walls of glass recede to make this home's interior rooms connect seamlessly with the surrounding porches. The furnishings are simple to call attention to the elegant architecture.

Porch and Hill View

This porch's roof is supported by a slim black post that doesn't obstruct the amazing sweeping views. Long strips of concrete, punctuated by plants, lead the eye across the outdoor space.

Porch With Cantilevered Roof

This home's main living area opens up to a south-facing porch and patio. Sunshades can be lowered or raised, creating a flexible entertaining and lounging area for the residents and their guests.

Contemporary Ranch House at Night

Lit up at night and with its swooping cantilevered roof, this gorgeous ranch home seems to sail above the grasses.

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