How one family rebuilt their home after a wildfire—and what you can do to protect yours
With safety taken care of, Story, a sculptor, modified her original design of the 3,500-square-foot house to include a family room for grandkids and more open spaces to improve the flow. In an homage to the land, they built their cabinets using the scorched olive trees left behind after the wildfire.
As the couple completed construction, they witnessed the landscape of salvias, agaves, and Matilija poppies regrow too. “The bees and the hummingbirds came back,” Story says. “It just made it feel all right; we were starting over.”