Cutler House

Mendocino, California 

Located above the rugged Pacific coast on a bluff that overlooks the ocean, this house connects its owners to the landscape, light and views while protecting them from the year-round winds that buffet the coast. 

The house is organized in two wings to create an outdoor courtyard with walls to the north and west, and with a hedge row of trees to provide privacy and shelter to the east. The public activities of the house take place at the joint where the two wings meet: living, dining and eating. 

The house is built from modest materials and conventional wood framing. The cladding includes panels of cement board, some exposed and others covered with copper. With time, the copper weathers developing a patina gained from exposure to the sea air, adding another dimension to the sense of place.