Backed by the dramatic landscapes of California's scenic Portola Valley, the Westridge house embraces its natural setting with an elevated take on the rural vernacular. The 7,000-square-foot dwelling, designed by Richard Beard while Principal at BAR Architects, is situated on a gentle slope at the northern side of the property. Comprised of a series of gabled forms, an exterior palette of cedar shingles and stone references the rugged surrounds while oak, fir, and cedar wrap the interiors in rustic warmth. Thoughtfully placed windows and glazing keep the living spaces connected to the outdoors but for more expansive views, a covered terrace provides sweeping vistas across the oak trees and to the neighboring Windy Hill in the distance.

Photos: Paul Dyer

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