Bud Dietrich, AIA
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california dreaming - the exterior

The exterior is simple and straight in form while rich in detail. The "red" window frames are the "lipstick" to the muted stucco's complexion. The "L" shape of the overall plan forms a exterior patio and garden space that can be accessed from the kitchen, great room and master bedroom to ensure a carefree and "bare foot" life style.

This home was featured on the CBS News Sunday Morning annual design program in the summer of 2010. This show included an interview with Sarah Susanka describing how this home incorporated ideas from her best selling book, "The Not So Big House." The CBS News Sunday Morning program featuring this home can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/38lumme

Visit http://tinyurl.com/3hdtrky to see more photos including some before pictures of this home.

Photography by Tony May

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March 31, 2014
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What color is the stucco?
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It is a custom color that is a greenish gray.
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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to 7 Details for the Well-Dressed House
Use a bright color at the window frames to add — like lipstick — a bright and welcoming splash of color.
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8. Consider tradeoffs. Sometimes it's difficult, if not impossible, to pass by that truly remarkable item that you find during the project that's not in the budget. When this happens, take a look at your budget and what you have left to accomplish, with the goal of reducing the cost of something else to afford this new find. Is there a part of the work, such as painting a few rooms, that you can do yourself? Maybe you can use carpet in lieu of hardwood in the guest bedroom. Get what you want and stay on track by moving budgeted amounts from one pocket to another. More:Follow a Ranch Home Remodel from Start to FInish
Josh McCullar, AIA added this to Great Compositions: The L-Shaped House Plan
Smaller single story plans are also well suited to define an outdoor room. The size of the outdoor space is a function of the height of the house. A lower roof line here works well with the intimate proportion of this dining terrace. The soft plantings and translucent glowing patio doors are a nice compliment to the hardness and mass of stucco walls.

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doors, screens roof line court yard
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Raised ceiling
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the roof lines connecting in Lshape
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October 22, 2014
Plantings, color
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October 8, 2014
nice relaxing exterior garden
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September 30, 2014
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September 15, 2014
style épuré
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Courtyard, kitchen overlooking back yard, plantings
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nice L-Shaped
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Bringing outside into extended use
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Japanese influenced style house
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L shaped addition
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exterior - lshaped house
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the 'frame' detail/grids in the windows
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garage doors
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OMG where do these glass garage doors lead. They are beautiful!
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Contrast between wood windows and grey. Also the Japanese like windows
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landscaping, layout, patio
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Japanese exterior
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L shape to open space.
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I don't like the doors on the left, but overall I like the feeling of this exterior
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White screen, window grid
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l shape
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colors, roof, modern
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windows height and shoji screen doors
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The outdoor setting
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April 20, 2014
Rich patio terrace
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April 19, 2014
straight out the door
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DS Good proportions, like all the materials, scale and well defined spaces, clean at transitions CE: delete step or light it- hazard for old eyes
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L-shaped floor plans
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Red windows
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Windows with the top 3 squares
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Idea for addition
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SO Japanese!
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Roof line
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Love all the cement and planters
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materials, stucco
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extended garage, mudroom area with closed off backyard spaced accessed from doors off of the kitchen.
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Use a bright color at the window frames to add — like lipstick — a bright and welcoming splash of color.
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the windows and the lighting outside
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fairly extreme window and door trim
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Window color and style
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like the way the backyard space opens around the deck. Also like the windows
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New house color
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nice rear
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looks like a terrace entrance and is nice Very nice
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Calm bungalow
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colors for exterior Crenshaw house
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Shoji backlit
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Ranch additon
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windows, patio, landscaping
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in forma de L
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Exterior house colors
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Red is interesting. To add depth. Leah
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Concrete Patio
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Stay within budget!
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Concrete patio. Large kitchen windows
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patio with perpendicular addition...nice
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add bedroom wing to Ott's
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Convert garage into living space
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Simple backyard patio for rancher
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Window frame color with grey stucco
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outside view
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The exterior is simple and straight in form while rich in detail. The "red" window frames are the "lipstick" to the muted stucco's complexion. The "L" shape of the overall plan forms a exterior patio and garden space that can be accessed from the kitchen, great room and master bedroom to ensure a carefree and "bare foot" life style. This home was featured on the CBS News Sunday Morning annual design program in the summer of 2010. This show included an interview with Sarah Susanka describing how this home incorporated ideas from her best selling book, "The Not So Big House." The CBS News Sunday Morning program featuring this home can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/38lumme Visit http://tinyurl.com/3hdtrky to see more photos including some before pictures of this home. Photography by Tony May
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Exterior paint scheme
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bedroom doors
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Love the slider door, and more.
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Asian inspired
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one level opening to courtyard
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Window wood exterior. Dislike
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roof line & transition for addition
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part green wall
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counter height windows
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seclusion and peacefulness; shoji (?) sliding doors
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Windows, modern, plants accent, sitting place that looks comfortable, roof idea.
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simple in form rich in detail
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May 23, 2013
love the cleaness of the patio and scrubs and the recessed lighting in the overhang
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Chutney colored Kolbe windows and doors.
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Leave the back of the garage to open
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exterior (back yard) look with doors
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Open and close to nature look.
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L shape houseplan
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Window frame idea
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added wing on a ranch home
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Do able courtyard
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Asian influence
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Fill in courtyard to be flush with house level?
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Good idea for our house - bright color at the window frames.
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exterior lights
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L shaped home
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lovely kitchen
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Ranch idea
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Bright colored window frames
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Paint scheme. Windows
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translucent doors for back hallway
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Cottage for Brad. House for me
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L shape
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Furniture ... Weatherproof
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color on window frames
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Just love this!
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Courtyard and patio feel.
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Like the step down porch
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Low roof line
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back patio - ranch house
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courtyard 3
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Shows how craftsman window elements work with a basic structure.
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like the Asian look of this house
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patio to home connection is incredible, make this work in my home
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Back yard
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back addition
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Small gable over doors.
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Red window frames
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Color palette
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Consider a dormer for MBR
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red windows
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right size and shape of the space; step downs.
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expanded patio
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patio bedroom
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step down
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color and style of windows
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ranch style and clean
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paint window frames
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Bright color around windows.
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window ideas
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Master privacy-- backyard shared with kitchen
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color combination
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windows coluor
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stucco exterior
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