Designer sometimes refers to this barn-ranch hybrid in Thousand Oaks, California, as a “branch,” while architect Bob Hale of calls it a “modern traditional house.” Either way, it’s a capacious and gracious stunner, a 12,000-square-foot, three-structure compound loosely based on a farmhouse that’s been added to over time, except that this one is exceptionally spare in detailing, with steel-frame windows and minimal trim.
Hale’s five-bedroom main house walks a fine line between classic and contemporary but also artfully satisfies the requirements of the husband-and-wife clients and their three teenagers. A great room encompasses the kitchen, living area, and dining area, the latter being where an extra-long table and a chandelier appear beneath the 18-foot peaked ceiling. The entire brood can also convene to watch movies in the nearby media room on comfy sofas. It’s all “very casual, relaxed, and super-real,” says Hollis, who worked closely with the client to stitch the sprawling residence together decoratively. The mode is more refined in the wing housing the master suite, its bathroom lined in luxe Calacatta gold marble.
But outside, it’s back to convivial. The 3.5 acres, its landscaping of bay laurel and French lavender also by Rios Clementi Hale, includes a pool served by a pool house with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, and home gym.
Project Team: NicoleHollis: Adele Cunningham; Inna Baranova; Grace Koerber. Rios Clementi Hale Studios: Sebastian Salvadó; Alissa Hisoire.