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casa carrizo

temecula, ca


The trees told me to do it




casa carrizo

Old oak trees and avocado groves with occasional ocean breezes define the tranquillity and solitude of this special area.


Mainly five acres on a steep hill in the De Luz mountains, the site presents certain challenges where and how to build.
An east/west rectangular orientation and having to accommodate a fire truck reduced the already limited possibilities
for how the home will be integrated with the land.


The garage doors are flush with the walls, minimizing the visual dominance of the garage in relation to the rest of the house.

A porous pavement system replaces the driveway, allowing weeds to grow and other natural occurrences to take place,
integrating the driveway with the surrounding land and minimizing rainwater runoff.

Hidden from view, solar panels on top help keep energy costs low as well as the home's concrete walls (ICF) and roof.


Kitchen Patio: the Kitchen is composed of a vaulted shell (half of a barrel vault) that ties into the concrete walls on the opposite side.


Entrance Walkway


The Front Entrance features a jade and volcanic rock garden that migrates through the glass to the inside recessed planter in the foundation.

The front door is made of charred cedar, known as shou sugi ban in Japan where it has been used for hundreds of years.
Aside from the aesthetics of burnt wood, this material is fire resistant and virtually maintenance-free.



The home contains 2 level changes that further separate the public spaces from the private -
kitchen to the guest wing and living room to the master suite.

The green areas represent interior gardens which grow out of the foundation of the house.


From the Front Entrance towards the Kitchen: the vaulted shell peels away from the concrete wall.


left to right: Laundry, Garage and entrance to the Guest Suite and Office


Kitchen looking north


Kitchen looking south


Garage and Studio









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