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Summer/Fall 2020

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that materials—including flooring and the stone walls—carry through from interior to exterior. It's a perfect set up for entertaining. The living room is punctuated by a colorful contemporary abstract painting commissioned from Big Sur artist Greg Hawthorne. In order to retain the bucolic rural sense of The Preserve, its architectural review standards are strictly maintained. Holdren and the Stones came up with creative solutions to every one. "I wanted the garage to be hidden, but in order to maintain the integrity of the ridge line, we were limited to a single story," Mike says. "Craig's solution was to bury it into the hillside and cover it with a green roof planted in yarrow." Another requirement was that there could be only one outbuilding, and that was fulfilled by the small studio that sits next to the patio's gor- geous infinity pool and spa. "Mike and Patty also wanted separate guest quarters," Holdren says. "So, I came up with the idea of a covered patio between the two struc- tures, effectively making them one." Serendipitously, that patio has become a focus of the Stones' daily life. Comfortable seat- ing faces a generously sized wood burning fire- place for chilly evenings and fans keep things cool on warm ones. "We weren't sure the concept was going to work," says the architect. "But now I think it's one of the best spots in the house." To see more of the work of Holdren + Lietzke visit 142 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 Top: Just off the well-equipped kitchen, the patio provides glorious views of the sunrise. Bottom: The Stones commissioned Big Sur artist Greg Hawthorne to paint "The Preserve" for their living room, complementing their collection of Australian art. Photo: Paul Dyer Photography Photo: Abraham and Paulin Photography

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