The change I had was to design an unpretentious, comfortable ranch home that would retain its livability and character over a period of decades and outlast changes in popular design styles yet to come. We decided to retain the interior configuration as a true restoration of the 1915 portion of the house and its 1960 addition. We restored the interior redwood walls and ceiling and the fir floors and continued the same finishes and ambiance in the new additions which commenced in 1983. A new master bedroom suite, a living wing, solarium and garage were the first additions, enlarging the house to a total of 2,300 square feet.
Not only did we impose upon ourselves the preservation of the original house, but since we reside in the Carmel sector of the Coastal Plan, it was important that the house be sited comfortably and unobtrusively in the sensitive environment of the State Reserve environs. Natural finishes – wood and stone – and native plant materials were utilized wherever possible and appropriate. The house was called “The Acorn” because of the variety of the name’s connotations.
Our oldest son, a licensed general contractor, built the 1983 additions and modification, and has built the subsequent additions. Our youngest son, a licensed landscape architect, assisted with the land use planning and plant selection.
Francis “Bud” Whisler A.I.A