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Malibu Meets Sea Ranch at Pebble Beach

PROJECT TEAM:
Architect: Feldman Architecture
Interior Designer: Raili CA Design
Landscape Design: Seven Springs Studio
General Contractor: McNickle Construction 
Photography: David Tsay                 

FELDMAN ARCHITECTURE TEAM:
Jonathan Feldman, FAIA, Project Principal
Daniel Holbrook, Project Architect
Evan McCurdy, Job Captain
Taisuke Ikegami, Project Architect

Pebble Beach Home living room

David Tsay

You’ll have to see this jaw-dropping home transformation for yourself.  

Ahome is a reflection of its people. When people with diverse dreams, passions and activities step into a home, it becomes a canvas for their unique stories. It’s a place where they can craft something entirely new, a space that resonates with their essence.

Nestled along the rugged coast of Pebble Beach, California, is a harmonious blend of elegance and casual charm. Here, the rhythm of ocean waves meets the greens of world-class golf courses. The natural beauty of craggy cliffs and serene beaches provides a stunning backdrop to this leisure playground, where exhilarating fun and quiet sophistication coexist in perfect balance.

Pebble Beach home exterior

Here, surfers carve through crystalline waves as golfers perfect their swing on emerald fairways, each breath imbued with the salty tang of the Pacific. It’s here where an unbelievable house transformation took place, from an outdated fixer-upper to a stunning coastal-chic escape. 

THE PEBBLE BEACH HOUSE TRANSFORMATION

For Daniel Holbrook, project architect for the Feldman Architecture team that transformed this home, it’s about preserving what you can of a home’s original character. Well, most of the time, anyway.

“We pride ourselves in trying to respect the character of an existing home and preserve some of the existing details to incorporate it into the new design,” Holbrook explains. “There wasn’t much to preserve in this case. We were truly coming at it from the angle of transformation.”

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Originally built around the 1970s, the home was what you might expect—dark and segmented. It needed love, attention and larger windows to fit the owner’s lifestyle.

THE OUTDOOR SANCTUARY

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Pebble beach home after (exterior)

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The couple, driven by their love for golfing and surfing, found their perfect retreat in this home. Its design was carefully crafted to facilitate an effortless indoor-outdoor transition, providing ample space for entertaining and a prime spot for watching golf pros in action from the backyard. Notably, the home is situated near the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, a renowned host of major golf tournaments, with the house’s back directly facing the golf course, offering unobstructed views of the fairway.

“The indoor-outdoor back patio component was a big part of the project,” Holbrook explains. “We took it further and connected the second story to a terrace to capture ocean views on the top.”

The exterior of the home, adorned with sleek wood panels and expansive glass windows, exudes a contemporary aesthetic that seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings. It  serves as a testament to modern architectural elegance, a feature that is sure to captivate those with a taste for luxury and modern design. 

The clean lines and minimalist design elements suggest a transformation from traditional to modern, capturing the essence of California’s laid-back yet sophisticated lifestyle.

The patio is a sanctuary of luxury and comfort that extends a warm invitation to bask in the perfect California weather. Its well-crafted wooden furniture, cozy fire pit and strategically placed greenery offer an ideal setting for entertaining guests or enjoying tranquil evenings under the stars. 

The thoughtfully designed seating areas and open layout encourage relaxation and social gatherings, epitomizing the modern California dream of elegant, effortless living and making it a haven for the golf enthusiast.

THE INDOOR HAVEN

In the interior, you’ll notice the vibes of the surfer, with a charming, rustic look and open ocean views.

The expanded ground floor now includes a cozy guest suite, complemented by a full mud and laundry room. This leads us to the garage transformation, which kept the home’s “surf and turf” vibe. New roof decks grace either side of the house, offering serene views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the verdant golf course and rear yard scenes to the east.

Throughout the home, modern elegance meets natural warmth in the design, enveloped by the graceful slant of a wooden ceiling and the soft glow of celestial pendant lights.

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“We joke that it’s kind of like Malibu meets Sea Ranch style architecture,” Holbrook says. “The client grew up with a strong connection to Sea Ranch-style architecture…and they’re interested in surfing, so that was a big design driver for many of the material choices.”

Pebble beach home kitchen before

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Raili CA Design was the interior designer of the home. Their approach was to create a “modern surf shack.”

A glossy green backsplash complements the rustic, simple look. An inviting island serves as the heart of the room, flanked by stools in vibrant geometric patterns and cheerful yellow hues, adding whimsy to the earthy tones. Open shelving alongside the staircase displays a curated collection of everyday art—plates, bowls, mugs, and potted plants—infusing the space with personal warmth and lived-in charm.

“This is not a big house, so we tried really hard to be efficient about the storage and casework and utilize every space available,” Holbrook shares. “One of my favorite features was how we were able to highlight the stair as it passed up above the kitchen and take advantage of the space underneath it. We were able to tuck a wine fridge  under the stair, which is always a plus.”

The clever use of space beneath the staircase provides additional storage, maintaining the room’s open, airy feel with clean, uninterrupted lines. A lighter, natural wood flooring ties the room together, grounding the airy heights with a sturdy foundation that invites barefoot treading.

Pebble Beach den before

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Pebble Beach home den after

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The biggest transformation, however, is the family room. What was once a dim and cramped living area has blossomed into a luminous, double-height main living area on the ground floor. Ascend to the second level, where a library and work loft gaze down upon the spacious heart of the home, offering a serene and airy retreat tucked away from the lively rhythm below.

Within this home, you’ll also find many custom items, from shelving to tables, to truly make this one-of-a-kind. With two master suites, this is truly a haven away from home for the couple to get away and spend time embracing what they love to do.

“I love working with great clients and helping them evaluate how they live and find ways to improve,” says Holbrook. “I think we accomplished that with this home.”

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