The client for this house is an academic who spends considerable periods of time working at this bluff-top retreat overlooking the Pacific at the Sea Ranch, California. The entry is located between the living room wing and bedroom wing, which open to the broad view of the ocean and its rocky shoreline. The living room wing shelters the deck from prevailing north-westerly winds. The living spaces are open to each other under a vaulted ceiling, allowing the upstairs study to overlook the living room and peek at the ocean view. The guest room and adjacent bathroom, located on the lower level, can be used in conjunction with the hot-tub built into the deck.