The history of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects has been tightly interwoven with The Sea Ranch since William Turnbull Jr. contributed his formative designs beginning in 1965. Today, the firm continues to set the bar very high for new houses in this eco-minded paradise.

Eric Haesloop’s clients for SkyFall were two San Francisco doctors, who wisely came to him for their new getaway house. They had already scoped out a perfect lot adjacent to the rustic golf course. It had open vistas on two sides, including a long western view to the Pacific, and sheltering stands of trees to the south and north. The site was naturally imbued with prospect and refuge, and in Eric’s hands the house mined its priceless benefits.

The serene architecture draws inspiration from the agrarian vernacular buildings that are the DNA of the place. The materials palette is similarly restrained, and optimized for low maintenance and energy efficiency. “You can’t have good design without a thoughtful building that’s a good citizen,” says Eric.

Gray cementitious panels stand up to salt air and, it is hoped, to fire hazards in the area. Cedar will weather to color match over time. Windows are thermally broken, and the envelope is insulated with closed cell foam. LED lighting, radiant heating, and solar panels reduce the home’s energy load.

The courtyard plan provides outdoor living areas protected from neighbors and strong coastal winds. It also allowed Eric to set guest space apart from the owners’ retreat. Extra sleeping quarters are available in the office, as well, where a wall unit converts to a Murphy bed. It’s a truly thoughtful building that rises to great design. “We had awesome clients and a terrific builder and cabinetmaker,” says Eric. “It makes such a difference.”


CUSTOM RURAL OR VACATION HOUSE  

Citation

TURNBULL GRIFFIN HAESLOOP ARCHITECTS
SKYFALL RESIDENCE
THE SEA RANCH, CALIFORNIA

Project Credits

ARCHITECT: Eric Haesloop, FAIA, and Stefan Hastrup, AIA, principals in charge; Sara Dewey, AIA, project architect, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, San Francisco

BUILDER: David S. Hillmer, Empire Contracting, Inc., Gualala, California

PROJECT SIZE: 1,683 square feet

SITE SIZE: .39 acre

CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld

PHOTOGRAPHY: David Wakely Photography


Key Products

CABINETRY: Custom by Premier Glass & Cabinet, vertical grain Douglas fir; plywood

CLADDING/ROOFING: Equitone

COOKING APPLIANCES: GE

COUNTERTOPS: Caesarstone

DISHWASHER: GE

DOOR HARDWARE: Baldwin Hardware

DRYWALL: Level 5 smooth

FAUCETS: KWC (kitchen); GROHE (bathrooms, shower)

FINISH MATERIALS: Gypsum board; Douglas fir

FIREPLACE: EcoSmart Fire

FLOORING: Concrete

FOUNDATION: Slab on grade

INSULATION: Quick-Shield Closed Cell 2 lbs; rigid insulation in ceilings; batt insulation in walls

LANDSCAPING MATERIAL: 3/8-inch pea gravel

LIGHTING: BK Lighting (exterior); Juno (interior)

LIGHTING CONTROL: Lutron

MILLWORK/MOLDING/TRIM: Cedar

OTHER EXTERIOR: Cedar Fins

PAINTS: Benjamin Moore

PHOTOVOLTAICS: SunPower

RADIANT HEATING: Triangle Tube boiler

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER: Fisher & Paykel

ROOF WINDOWS: VELUX

SINKS: Franke (kitchen); Duravit (bathrooms)

SPA: Bradford Spa

THERMAL/MOISTURE BARRIERS: PROSOCO Liquid Cat-5 Rain Screen

TOILETS: TOTO

VENTILATION: Panasonic (bathroom)

VENT HOOD: Zephyr

WASHER/DRYER: LG

WINDOWS: Milgard

WINDOW SHADING SYSTEM: Mecho Shade Systems

WINDOW WALL SYSTEMS: Blomberg sliding doors


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Plans and Drawings