What’s not to love? A bucolic site dotted with old, sprawling trees; ranch-style architecture composed of brick, charred wood and expanses of glass; an interior that’s as comfortable as it is compelling. As showcased in our feature Down to Earth, Tom and Shelby Andra’s new Alpine house is each of these and more. Frankly, we can’t get enough of this home. Fortunately, the following photos go beyond those presented in the printed story, flaunting even more of the handsome dwelling’s relaxed, modern style. 

Photos by Malissa Mabey

ranch-style architecture

Owners Tom and Shelby Andra envisioned a rambler-style home for their two-acre property in Alpine. To create it, they collaborated closely with a talented team that included Think Architecture, Robison Home Builders and John Martine Studio. Steeply pitched rooflines, broad multi-paned windows, and a structure of brick and ebony charred wood define the dwelling’s eye-catching exterior.

ranch-style architecture

The entry reflects the owners’ love of old brick and reclaimed beams. The space opens to the main living area as well as to a soaring stairwell filled with natural light and views of the front pasture.

As seen from the spacious living room, reclaimed beams frame the adjoining entry and shoulder the plastered fireplace’s opening. Warm white walls allow the rustic materials and memorable details to prevail in the open interior.

ranch-style architecture

The kitchen opens to the entry and living room spaces. Three industrial-style lights hang from a lowered ceiling, which helps delineate the kitchen from the adjacent living room area.

ranch-style architecture

John Martine Studio fashioned the kitchen’s walnut cabinets with a simple slab style and topped them with richly veined Paonazzo marble. Soapstone tops the two small prep islands. Cabinets crafted by Peterson Woodworks.

ranch-style architecture

Views flow through brass-and-glass shelves that hang over the pantry sink. Walnut cabinets link the space to the adjoining kitchen.

A large table anchors the light-filled workroom where built-in walnut cabinets store equipment and supplies. An interior glass wall allows the natural light to spill into the home’s interior hallway.

ranch-style architecture

Cedar planks and reclaimed beams visually lower the primary bedroom’s lofty ceiling, fostering the room’s cozy look and feel. Boucle-covered lounge chairs and a plush Moroccan rug add to the room’s nurturing ambiance.

In the primary bathroom, his-and-her walnut cabinets sit across the room from each other. Rich walnut adds warmth and natural beauty to the spa-like space.

ranch-style architecture

A leather bench and antique rug anchor the mudroom area where built-ins provide abundant hidden storage. An inset mirror helps the space appear light and bright.

In the laundry room, an interior window overlooks a hallway leading from the yard and built-in cubbies stow classic laundry baskets.

ranch-style architecture

A hallway’s dutch door opens from the pasture and an interior windows looks into the stylish laundry room.


Click here to read the full feature from our 2021 Fall issue.