A Good Home: A California Couple Find Their Dream Home

A couple of California retirees lift bales and mix up plaster for a home so warm and nurturing that they rarely want to leave.

The front of the house features a portal, a Mexican/Southwest version of a logia or portico, which runs along its entire length. It encloses a patio surfaced with adobe pavers and native rock, a Mediterranean-style fountain, and a large collection of cacti, succulents, and other plants.