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Sundial Residence

Client Goals

My client’s main goals for her six-acre property on a windy bluff at the edge of a Wildlife Habitat in rural Point Reyes were to expand her living space, to increase her connection with the outdoors, and to shelter her property from the strong and often driving westerly winds. In particular, she wanted to ensure that she could make the most of her breathtaking views and enjoy watching the ever-changing and entertaining wildlife.

Design Focus

My primary design objective was to create a fortress that would shield my client from the wind, while allowing her to enjoy the breathtaking views from every room in the house. In keeping with this, I wanted to blur the separation between the indoor living quarters and the out-of-doors. Early in the process of working together, I also became very aware of the positive impact the path of the sun has on my client’s daily activities, and I made it a priority to incorporate this element into the design of the living area.


I preserved the existing house as a guest wing and added a new, one bedroom, 1,900-square foot personal living area close to the edge of the bluff, which maximizes my client’s 180-degree view.