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The Sea Ranch, California

Jim Alinder The deck is central to the house's design.
Frame for outdoor living

Merit Award: Vacation house

Making the most of a narrow lot at the Sea Ranch - a primarily second-home community on the Sonoma coast - without compromising views or disrupting a cypress grove was the object here.

Why it won: 

Design: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, Berkeley (510/841-9000)