A corner of the eco refuge house's front elevation.
Van der Ryn on the ladder-accessible stargazing platform/outdoor bed, next to the jacuzzi, another outdoor shower and changing area, the greenhouse, and the berry patch.
The spiral stair to the master suite, like much of the house, was constructed of salvaged materials, including an old utility pole and redwood wine-tank staves.
Also in the Japanese-style pavilion is the sky-lit dining area/tv nook/den with its wood-burning stove.
In the second-floor bath, more architectural salvage and a carved wood sink by sculptor J.B. Blunk remind of the house's history as an icon of first-generation environmental architecture.
Among the attributes of the site are its many informally defined outdoor rooms. Shaded by an oak, the XL hammock is often the perfect place to curl up with a blanket and a book or to take an afternoon nap.
A root chair next to the pond and fountain—another quiet zone.
The site includes a regulation gravel bocce court.
A short walk from the main house is the Finnish sauna and a covered outdoor shower and changing area—all very private.
An entrance gate gives way to the grounds.
Adjacent the sliding glass doors of the kitchen/den/dining area/tv corner and hemmed in by apple trees and rosemary is an expansive terrace with water elements and outdoor furniture and a BBQ.
The house's formal entrance features a monumental chainsaw-carved door made of reclaimed solid redwood, all the work of the late sculptor J.B. Blunk.
One of three first-floor bedrooms has a portion of the Van der Ryn Architecture and ecology library.
Designed for casual entertaining, the kitchen interacts with the dining area, tv nook, and den and occupies one end of the 1,000-square-foot Japanese-style pavilion. Equipment includes a dishwasher, two sinks, espresso machine, and ample counter space for prepping fruits and vegetables taken from the garden and orchards right outside the door.
The second-floor living room has high ceilings, walls of windows overlooking the gardens, and a wood-burning stove.
The entrance hall, with its pyramidal glazed roof, was painted by Tibetan monks in traditional style.
The third-floor master suite's bedroom is designed to receive late-morning sunlight and overlooks a large edible garden and orchards.
The arch in the Refuge's meadow.
The house's rear elevation is engulfed by a thriving edible garden. Just outside the house, at the edge of the garden, is an intimate dining area.