One of the biggest challenges for builders in extreme climates is figuring out how to keep the weather out, but the imperative for this luxury move-up home was quite the opposite. Bassenian Lagoni Architects was tasked with figuring out how to best integrate Southern California’s glorious weather into the plan, making the most of a lot with big views.

Suffice it to say that fresh air is a core ingredient in the 5,541-square-foot home, which playfully dances from inside to outside through a series of poetic verandas, patios, courtyards, and arcades—interludes that architect David Kosco refers to as “in-between spaces” that connect the home to its environment. These transitional points promote cross-ventilation and make for great four-sided design.

Inspired by classic Spanish architecture, the home’s rhythmic façades are accented with iron, stone, and ceramic tile. “It is fundamentally a beautiful house by every measure—the plan, the elevations, the details,” said one of the competition’s judges. “Sometimes we need to go back to basics and be reminded that our first order of business is to create homes that are livable.”

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Oxnard, CA.