Rolling Hills Estates, CA

DESIGN SOLUTION: Master plan of a 5 acre site and renovation of existing house, addition of a swimming pool environment, exotic 8 car garage facility, observatory and equestrian compound with fully landscaped grounds. The heavy timber, all wood stable has five stalls and a tack room. It is highly crafted with a VGDF exposed structural system and Port Orford cedar single wall system. The design is an open concept based on effective air circulation and weather protection using materials that demonstrate natural durability with respect to weather, rot and insects. The stalls are open to the center core. The three-tiered, slotted roof configuration has a solar powered air movement system that pushes air up into the tiered ceiling and out the slots, providing superior ventilation and minimizing odors and insects. The riding fields were designed with layers of decomposed granite, sand and earth interwoven with French drains to immediately dry the field after rains. The water is diverted to holding tanks down-slope and used later for irrigation.

SIGNIFICANCE: The concept of “watering holes” stables linked by community riding trails in the region is the first of its kind. The updraft natural and solar assisted venting through the terraced roof slots is a new idea for the age old problems of heat, odors, and flies in stable structures.

American Institute of Architects

Pasadena & Foothill Chapter
Honor Award 1992

“This stable is a piece of art. I just sit and look at it and feel good”

-Chris Pasant, Owner

“This project was the most challenging and interesting I’ve had the opportunity to construct. Thanks to Doug, it reinvigorated my interest in construction”

-Bruce Hillberger, Contractor