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Encinitas, CA

San Diego Home Tours, Day 1
Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Reclaimed timber salvaged from local forest fires brings new life to an ocean-view home.

Rising from the partial foundation of a previously demolished structure, this ground-up construction by Lindsay Brown, head of a design-build firm, has an open-plan concept with defined spaces, each opening outward to the ocean view. Interior areas are private yet connected with large openings to an outdoor cooking area, private patios, a roof garden and deck, and view terraces. The 3,300-square-foot home was hand built using reclaimed timber from San Diego forest fires; all of the finished timber materials are native California species. “Each exterior wood panel is divided by a ribbon of steel framing an individual tree that was cut into planks—some span over 20 feet in a single run,” says Brown.

About the Architect

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The Brown Studio

THE BROWN STUDIO (Brown Studio Inc), is a Design + Build firm based in San Diego California. Our hand crafted approach to design and construction is focused by the exploration of building and material technology throughout the entire process, from concept to completion. Our design studio is built within our 5,000 sqft workshop where each project and construction component is carefully considered by the studio’s hand’s-on designers and craftsmen.

Our past work has focused on custom residential projects in the coastal region of Southern California. Recent work in high-end corporate office interiors has expanded our project type and grown our project base internationally. Modern and organic architectural design principles drive the conceptual direction of full scale projects, while our interior design takes on the character of material, expression of function and the essence of style.


Design and Construction: Rory & Lindsay Brown, The Brown Studio

Grounded Landscape Architecture: Landscape and Hardscape

Landscape/Hardscape: DC West Construction

Metal Fabrication: Spark Custom Metal

Appliances: Fixtures for Living / Standards of Excellence

Reclaim Timber: Don Madison

Furnishings: Purchased through Grounded, a modern living boutique in Encinitas, CA. Office furniture, kitchen island, dining table, wall panels, stairs, shelving and feature doors were fabricated by The Brown Studio and Spark Custom Metal.

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