Gold in the Hills: A Solar-Powered California Retreat

A handcrafted, solar-powered home in the Sierra Nevada foothills serves many purposes. Enchanting and inspiring visitors is just the beginning.

The kiva-like living room provides the home’s central gathering space. A soapstone Tulikivi stove, radial beams, cedar paneling and oak flooring offer warmth to this space. Hot air that gathers in the high ceiling can escape through cupola windows and operable vents around the perimeter of the central ceiling window, which is etched with a Native American design motif.
Photo By Barbara Bourne