The McNerneys kept a binder of images they liked for 18 years before they finally had the chance to build their
lots of research and seeing some of the products in action.Mike is a commercial real estate developer for Lowe, the company behind the IDEA1 residential building downtown and the renovation of the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. For builder Kerry Rutherford, of KR Building, it was the first time he’d used some of the materials, so he had to figure out how to guarantee his work on products that were unfamiliar
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to him. It took some rethinking.“We usually spray foam insulation into a vaulted ceiling to prevent condensation,”he says,“but we couldn’t do that, sowe added venting instead.” During the framing phase, the McNerneys hired interior designer Erica DeLorme of E+D Design to bring their style indoors, creating resort-like nods to island life. She hung woven light fixtures above the island,made outdoor living spaces under the overhangs, and commissioned a set of chairs fromCisco Home (an LA–based company known for its eco- friendly pieces) in a fig-leaf print fromPeter Dunham. Though the home is rather neutral, DeLorme playedwith Tami’s two favorite colors—green and blue—in impactful ways. The guest bathwears a sea-glass green custom concrete tile fromModern Earth Tile Company. DeLorme and Tami laid out the arrangement together; it’s intentionally devoid of repetition. In the primary bath, one wall of which can be seen from the hall, DeLorme chose a navy Clé cement tile. The art throughout the home was a joint effort between the owners and the designer. The McNerneys bought what speaks to them—a photo of Willie Nelson’s hands playing his guitar, Trigger; a painting by local artist Andy Davis done on a reclaimed suroard; and a print by John Lennon—in addition to several pieces already in their collection. For her part, DeLorme filled in a fewblanks by helping the couple find the three-dimensional wall hanging for the living area and commissioning local artist Nancy Fraser to create a fewpaintings. But DeLorme still left plenty of space for the couple to add,which they plan to do. Though she loves the entire home, Tami admits spending most of her time in the yardwith the dogs and her plants. She and Mike agree that the concrete wall and ceiling feel the most unique:WhenVan Stright visited after the home was complete, he came through the entry and lay down on the concrete floor to take in the view above. “That level of comfort speaks to the nature of this living space,”Van Stright says.“They have this finely crafted home, and yet nothing feels untouchable. It’s a home that’s meant to be enjoyed and lived in.”
COLOR CORNER Tami’s favorite colors (green and blue) make subtle appearances throughout the house but go bold in the guest bathroom, where the shower features a light green tile. For balance, DeLorme kept the primary bedroom neutral with a bed from Kalon Studio, nightstands from Faithful Roots, and a bench from Shoppe by Amber Interiors.
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