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Designed by Architects Holdren & Lietzke, Verde Real was built for a forward thinking 'green'-conscious homeowner. This architectural home is nestled among beautiful oaks and sited on a 10-acre parcel to take full advantage of the passive solar design as well as natural day-lighting and ventilation. The home is made up of three separate buildings with covered outdoor living spaces between. These spaces are usable for outdoor living in the seasonally temperate climate of Carmel Valley. Long eave overhangs in specific locations contribute to the passive solar design and protect outdoor spaces during the cooler months.The three separate interior living spaces include a main living area, an office/guest suite, and a garage and storage building. The floor plan of the main living unit is interconnected, a contemporary layout which reflects our modern way of life. With large windows in carefully considered locations, this allows for valley vistas from almost every room and living spaces that are bright and airy. The separate guest suite can be re-defined as a second unit, a working office, or a caretaker's suite, allowing flexibility to the homeowner throughout many years of use. The exterior materials include traditionally accurate redwood siding and metal roofing, the siding is reclaimed from a demolished building and the roofing is recycled aluminum. Refreshingly contemporary in both aesthetic and spatial order, this residence integrates well with the site's rolling topography, mature oak stands and cross valley views. The buildings were each sited separately to take advantage of maximum passive solar orientation as well as natural day-lighting and ventilation with minimal site grading. The home also uses its concrete foundation slab as the finish floor throughout the lower level, one of the many ways it's possible to reduce materials and achieve a sustainable lifestyle.