It was the client’s love of a casual, outdoor living and his desire to create a home that evoked memories of classic midwestern farmhouses and barn structures that inspired this rustic residence. The site, a rambling yet gently sloping two-acre parcel with 270-degree views of the Pacific Ocean at the north end of Malibu created the perfect backdrop to build.

The architects and landscape architects worked collaboratively to site and plan the home on the sprawling coastal site. An easy flowing floor plan was fused with natural materials, including wood and stone, combined with sloping metal roofs and large expanses of glass. These elements were strategically blended with a hint of a Southern California coastal vernacular to create the essence of the project.

The home’s exterior combines the warmth of rough-sawn cedar siding, corrugated zinc roofing, deeply colored rustic stone, and large expanses of windows and doors which frame vast views of the site and the blue Pacific Ocean beyond. The sizable home boasts an additional 2,500 square feet of deeply shaded porches and outdoor rooms to relax and enjoy the coastal breeze and views, while offering protection from the Western sun exposure. The interior rooms are generously proportioned, gracefully flowing and open. Wood ceilings and walls, reclaimed wide plank oak flooring and natural stone, are the consistent palette of interior materials that effortlessly connect the spaces throughout.  

The sloping site was restored to its natural contours and layered in a simple, native palette of materials, including grasses, succulents and flowering natives. Meandering gravel paths take you to the edges of the site to explore, and massive boulders form walls, surrounding and cradling the deeply colored pool, reminiscent of the depth of the ocean beyond.  

About Us

Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


Our Thinking

The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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