April 2021

ALL FOR ART DeLorme and Tami sourced the ceramic wall hanging by Michele Quan (above the couch) on a road trip they took prior to the pandemic. DeLorme left space on the TV wall for the art- loving couple to grow their collection. In the mudroom, DeLorme painted one wall Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron. Tami purchased the David Alan Collection bench that sits in front of it.

Inside, beyond the entryway, a wall of windows and glass doors provides sight lines from the spacious living, dining, and kitchen areas out to the lush landscape and Balinese-inspired pool the couple built in 2006. Above, an ipe wood ceiling dramatically dips, soars, and comes to a peak in the center of the room. The hallway that runs in opposite directions from the entry is just as striking.Made of concrete, it’s modeled after one Tami spotted at a winery in Scottsdale, Arizona.“It was made of cinder block and had green pieces of glass in it that let the light through,” she says.“I had never seen anything like it.Mike and I agreed that we wanted to somehow incorporate it into the house.” The hallway was reinterpreted as a poured-in-place concrete wall with ribbons of clear glass, rather than green. In the morning light, the east-facingwall makes a rainbowpath that travels from the home office and guest suite to the primary bedroom and bath. The couple’s commitment to a sustainable, health- conscious build meant not using anything that would off-gas, sealing the concrete floors with a nontoxic coating that still lets the texture of the rock show through, finding insulation made of recycled denim, sourcing FSC-certified maple cabinets that use a soy-based glue, and staining themwith a plant-based product fromRubio Monocoat, a Belgian company. The McNerneys requested to use AFM Safecoat, a paint that’s available only through Colorama Paints & Supply in San Diego. They installed solar panels on top of the little house to power both homes, and they treat their water with the WellpureWater Treatment System fromWellspringsWater Technologies out of Escondido. “That systemmakes it sowe don’t need chlorine in the pool, we can drink the water right from the tap, and the plants are doing so much better on it, too,”Mike explains. The McNerneys sourced most of the greener building materials after doing

LET THERE BE L IGHT At an Arizona winery, Tami saw a cinder-block- and-glass wall she loved. “I liked that you couldn’t see people through it, but you could see light,” she says. The McNerneys wanted this feature incorporated into their home. The interpretation is a concrete wall flanking one side of the home’s only hallway, and Tami says the colorful spectrum of light it casts in the morning is her favorite.


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