The ranch house rides again—this time with a dash of old world character
Of all the changes Eric made, it’s the great room that best combines his and Adriana’s visions. Eric elongated the space, lifted the 8-foot ceilings, and opened up the kitchen to create a place where everyone could be together. “If you were to walk into this house on any given evening, you’d probably find us all hanging out in this big open space,” Adriana says. The older girls, Siena, 6, and Ella, 4, like to sit at the island to help prepare dinner, or color at their art table in the middle of the room, while Eric plays with 1-year-old Dempsey.
To add character to the house, the architect chose four materials: custom gray-painted slab and white quartz for a modern touch; over-grouted brick and reclaimed wood for rustic texture. Not only do these materials bring the warmth that Adriana longed for, but they also welcome the wear and tear of “little people,” as Eric puts it.
Architecture and design: Eric Olsen, Orange, CA; ericolsendesign.com.