Carmel Magazine

Summer/Fall 2020

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A t last count, there are 132 completed homes in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a sublime 20,000-acre luxury residential enclave. One of the newest is "Taronga," the home of Mike and Patty Stone. Designed by Craig Holdren of the Monterey firm Holdren + Lietzke Architecture, this project is a textbook example of how a healthy and pro- ductive client/architect collaboration can attain a superbly satisfactory end result for all parties. "We were considering purchasing a Pebble Beach property that need- ed renovation," Mike says. "The Realtor introduced us to Craig. One of the things I liked about him right off the bat was that all he wanted to talk about was us, to get a sense of our lifestyle. He was gathering all the right kind of information." When the couple opted to purchase this six-acre Preserve lot and build from the ground up, they knew who to call. Their respect was mutual. "What I liked about Mike and Patty is that they had lots of ideas of what they were interested in, but they were abstract," the architect says. "The things they articulated were big picture. They started with general possi- bilities and let us come back with specific concepts." For instance, Mike was adamant about having no glass in the showers ("I hate squeegees," he jokes.) and Holdren responded with designs for expansive shower areas that obviate the need for glass doors or walls. Photo: Paul Dyer Photography Photo: Abraham and Paulin Photography Soaring ceilings and acres of windows satisfied the Stones' desire for open spaces and abundant light and volume. Architect Craig Holdren took great care in maintaining the integrity of the site's native live and valley oak trees, leaving most in situ. 138 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 2 0

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