Schelling

A terraced hilltop home and garden was transformed over a 20-year period. Arrival sequence begins with an approach from a realigned entry drive through the contiguous canopy of oak woodland, which eventually opens to a crushed stone autocourt. A series of stucco garden terraces and a flared brick stair connects with the gravel arrival court through an olive grove to the front door. Cacti, succulents, and dry-climate and deer-proof plants are loosely composed throughout the property’s gardens. A back patio runs the full length of the home, from which indoor-outdoor views connect the interiors and gardens with the surrounding ridgelines through the scrim of sculptural oak trunks.

Location

Orinda, CA

Size

10 acres

Completed

1992

Client

Schelling

Team

Tom Caulfield (Architect)

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