Custom building their dream home wasn’t the intention when this couple viewed the listed two- and-a-half acre waterfront property that housed a structurally sound 1950’s rancher. Walking down the driveway for the first time, the husband recalls stating that this was a place he could retire even though, at the time, retirement was still quite a few years down the road.
Seeking calm, after living with traffic congestion and the increasing density of southern California, the couple bought the property and began to redesign the pre-existing home. However, when proposed plans for the rancher never seemed quite right, the homeowner attended a comprehensive seminar on the use of rammed earth for home construction. While the method makes ecological sense, the densely forested site negated some of the advantages and the cost-benefit ratio didn’t pan out as he had hoped.