Sustainable California Villa Draws Inspiration From Nature

With a deep-rooted appreciation for the environment, architect Bill Bocken designed this sustainable villa in Point Loma, Calif. to both complement and respect its wooded surroundings. Thus, the home draws on natural colors and textures, as well as showcases numerous eco-friendly features.

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January 29, 2016

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

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Photo By: Shelley Metcalf

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Simple, Sophisticated Exterior

With sweeping verandas, wooden columns and a saline swimming pool, this two-story villa in Point Loma, Calif. becomes an idyllic retreat. The exterior is kept simple and neutral to highlight the lush landscape, while solar panels on the roof ensure that the home is eco-friendly.

Earth-Toned Living Room

Stepping inside, visitors will find a soothing, neutral-toned living room where plush wicker chairs allow for unwinding. Green accents pair with wooden features to bring elements of the outdoors inside, as well as breathe color into the white setting. 

Indoor Dining Room

Downstairs, a round glass-topped dining table and wicker-backed chairs wait at the ready for guests. A round chandelier accentuates the high ceilings, while a hand-carved wooden column adds texture and detail to the clean space. 

Marble Kitchen With Eat-In Counter

Powered by the solar-paneled roof, two pendant lights brighten this contemporary kitchen and help balance the large eat-in counter. Where the marble top adds movement and energy to the space, three wicker chairs ground the setting.

Symmetrical-Style Kitchen

A more detailed look at this vast kitchen island reveals storage below for wine and other party essentials. As the chef prepares dinner, guests can enjoy a front-row seat behind the counter. Identical container plants, branches and light fixtures tie the space together.

Outdoor Dining Room

With sunny skies to enjoy year-round, an outdoor dining area is ideal for entertaining in California. Here, a rustic table complements the nearby greenery, thus creating an easy flow between the indoors and out, while a modern fireplace warms the setting. 

Poolside Views

Just a few feet from the dining area, the saline pool glitters like crystal in the backyard. This allows some guests to converse over dinner while others swim at length; in turn, the home feels like an oasis where time moves at a leisurely pace. 

Open Air Living Room

For a truly immersive indoor-outdoor experience, broad French doors connect the pool to the living room. As natural light washes over the white walls, the transitional setting seems larger and airy, with plush furniture providing comfortable seating. 

Modern Fireplace

On either side of the fireplace, upholstered armchairs and ottomans evoke symmetry and balance. Purple throw pillows complement the hydrangeas on the coffee table and infuse the neutral room with warmth and color. 

Courtyard Cabana

At the edge of the saline pool, a modern cabana with weatherproof furniture provides shelter and shade from the afternoon sun. Carved pillars not only define the entryway, but also create a ripple-like reflection on the water.

Secluded Seating Area

Flanking the cabana on either side, various lemon trees create a natural wall and so establish peace and privacy for the residents. Two wicker sofas allow for reading and lounging no matter what the weather. 

Split-Level Garden

Just beyond the sitting area, a split-level garden adds natural color and sound to the landscape. Three fountains in the middle of the wall have a calming effect on the setting while also keeping the plants hydrated. 

Wooden Footbridge

To ensure maximum enjoyment of the backyard, a wooden footbridge crosses the private pond and into the garden. Fountains and trimmed hedges line the way, guiding visitors along their journey.

Split-Level Garden Features Pergola

An eagle-eye view of this split-level garden reveals rolling green plants dotted with vibrant purple flowers. Sidewalks lead between the different sections toward the dark gray pergola, which provides a subtle contrast to the lush landscape. 

Innovative, Eye-Catching Pool

At night, this modern cabana transforms into a treat for the eyes, with the fire's glow dancing on the water. Because the residents keep the pool covered during the day, they both conserve water and keep it warm late into the evening. 

Interior Illumination

Interior lighting from the villa and cabana casts a warm glow across the backyard, accentuating the home's serene nature. With the house on one side and the garden on the other, residents can relax in total privacy from their neighbors. 

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