Atop the rolling hills of central California's wine country, this beautiful piece of land would become home for a family of five and would further their dream of growing grapes and making wine on a larger scale.  Elements worked closely with the highly energetic financial manager/wine-maker/general contractor and father of three, to design a low-maintenance landscape, reflective of the natural beauty of the region and their lifestyle.  Unbelievable views were borrowed and framed, an outdoor kitchen, fire-pit and lounge area were oriented to watch the california sunset.  In the spirit of the moderate climate and the family's strong connection to the land, the house comes complete with an exterior hallway, pavers and an overhead steel trellis with vines connects the living portion of the house to the removed sleeping quarters.  An infinity edge pool rises from naturally occurring stone, quarried on the site.  Sand-set paving paths connect the free-standing sauna and separate guest-house and fitness room.  Elements had the pleasure of using an entirely new palette of plants.

A spectacular modern home perched above the Adelaida countryside, the family named the estate, Kukkula, which means hill or high place in Finnish, aptly describing the 80-acre vinyard. The property currently has 19 acres of vines, 8 acres of olives and 45 acres of mature walnut trees.    Construction has just been completed on a new winery processing facility and tasting room. 

location: paso robles, california
architect: studio b architects
building contractor us builders
photographer: wayne thom

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