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2020 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 6,001 - 8,000 sq. ft.


The Farm


Santa Ynez, California

Architect/Designer | Brandon Architects

Builder | Patterson Custom Homes

Developer | Patterson Custom Homes

Landscape Architect/Designer | BCLA Inc.

Interior Designer | Blackband Design

Photographer | Lango Works

Nestled on a remote hilltop, the residence was designed to embrace the expansive views from all living spaces. The design utilizes an open plan concept with large vaulted roof forms bookended by the entry tower and fireplace. Pocketing door systems bring the exterior in and  provide natural ventilation. Corner pockets in the great room open the space onto both the pool patio and front porch.

The sleeping areas are separated and contain three secondary bedrooms, a family room, and the primary suite. The two programmatic wings, and the garage/bunk house, are connect through a modern steel and glass portal, blending the mountain modern farmhouse styles. A major factor of the design is the surrounding landscape and its preservation. With a beautiful network of hundred-year-old oak trees throughout the 20 acres of rolling hills, the home and access road were positioned to preserve as many trees as possible. Building a remote retreat on a hilltop with utilities over a mile away was not without its challenges. Infrastructure including utilities, roads, and an advanced septic treatment facility needed to be planned and built prior to any construction on the house.

From the Judges
The judges praised the “phenomenal living and outdoor spaces.” They said the house was sited nicely and noted that modern connections are well placed in relation to more traditional farm pieces. “Country meets the city.”

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