The Aptos Retreat in California by CCS Architecture

CCS Architecture has recently completed a home called the Aptos Retreat for a San Francisco couple with six children. It is located inland from the beach town of Aptos, California in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near the city of Santa Cruz. Situated on a 20-acre site, the home has both ocean and mountain views and is about five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The setting is casual and rustic, and it was important to the family that it incorporate sustainable features to minimize the home’s carbon footprint. Retreat activities were part of the design program, including: partying, cooking, tanning, swimming, archery, horseshoes, gardening, and wood-splitting. I would have put partying as my first priority, too.

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