Lone Oak Ranch

The highly sustainable Lone Oak Ranch is located in the Tehachapi region of California which borders the Central Valley and the desert leading into the southwest.  This is a unique region and the clients had a unique vision for their home.

The two are artists and wanted a home that encourages exploration of the arts, simplification, personal growth, and incorporates elements of Buddhist philosophy and feng-shui. As a manifestation of this explorative environment, they requested a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.  Additionally, curved, or round walls were preferred. 

Specific spaces were required, including a spacious, high quality kitchen, adequate space for entertaining between the kitchen, living room, and dining room, and new studio space for each, in addition to three bedrooms and two office spaces.

This home was also to be sustainable in every way possible, making it a thoroughly engaging and educational project.  At a minimum, the home was to employ passive solar heating and cooling in response to the dry, highly variable, windy climate.  A wind generator was selected as the ideal power source.  The home, ultimately, accomplished this, as well as a living roof, a rainwater catchment system, a grey water irrigation system, xeriscaping, the implementation of thermal mass as an integrated element to passive heating and cooling, abundant daylighting optimized appropriately to the interior space planning, and high efficiency water and energy equipment and fixtures.

The end result was a highly sustainable, and remarkably beautiful home.

Concept Statement

The Lone Oak Ranch is an oasis of peacefulness, artistic exploration, and hospitality.  The home is also a leading example of sustainable design within the residential built environment.  Taking as its symbol of beauty, form, and even hue, the Lone Oak Ranch features elements of the native plant, creeping sage, throughout.  Other nods to the artistic aesthetic of the indigenous native community, the Kawaiisu, can be seen throughout the woodwork motif.  The home also pays homage to the geography of the site by constructing its rammed earth walls from the site upon which it rests.  The structure of the house itself features a tribute to the organic, the natural, through abundant curvilinear lines that ensure the owners and visiting guests, alike, of the home's open, exploratory ambiance.  This mood is further encouraged by the panoramic window effect throughout the home, always connecting the interiors to the vastness of the mountainous Tehachapi region beyond.