The goal of Tehama’s Design Guidelines is to achieve exceptional design and ensure a lasting value for luxury homes in the community by guiding the expression of individual design choices.
The guiding principals for design in Tehama include:
Architecture and Craftsmanship - Superior architecture and craftsmanship are of the highest priority for home designs in Tehama, which seeks to create a sense of timeless quality. In the spirit of great home properties around the world, our highest aspiration is to encourage more thoughtful floor plans, simplicity in massing, fine detailing, rich finishes, and enduring quality.
Integration of Site and Architecture - Each homeowner has the ability to design and build a residence that rests on a site with remarkable natural character and beauty in a quiet and unobtrusive manner. Elements that contribute to sustainable architecture and site integration are strongly encouraged and can include utilizing renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic, passive solar energy opportunities, native and local materials, sustainable construction materials, consideration of porous paving materials, and incorporation of existing site features (e.g. trees and vegetation, slope, and solar and wind orientation) into the overall design.
Maintaining a Strong Commitment to Balance of the Built Environment and the Natural Environment - The Northern California landscape is rich in oak and pine, open meadows, ocean vistas, hilltops, canyons, and abundant wildlife, which characterize the natural setting that is the framework for living in and designing within Tehama. Sensitivity to and enhancement of natural beauty and wildlife activities is important to maintain the existing balance of natural and built environments which benefits the entire community of Tehama.
Site Architecture and Style Selection - Tehama affords dramatic landforms and natural vegetation that provide opportunities to create successfully designed exterior living spaces that complement the home design and contribute to the ambiance of the living experience. To capitalize on these uniquely different settings, each home site should be evaluated for its individual characteristics.
The variety of architectural styles which have been thoughtfully selected for Tehama provide the opportunity to create distinctive, luxury homes and acknowledge the Spanish-, western-, and ranch-influenced heritage of the Carmel area. Each architectural style offers uniquely distinct solutions that respond differently to specific site characteristics.
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