The second phase of design at Sonoma Wine Country works to transform aneffortlessone-bedroom retreat into a dynamic escape for a growing family. Our original design comprised of a compact kitchen, primary bedroom, and guest house perched atop a hill overlooking Healdsburg. The graceful addition designed by Feldman Architecture seamlessly expands the home’s private wingeast, inserting an updated, secluded primary suite overlooking expansive views of the valley floor and distant hills. A new kitchen designed for both entertaining and family meals is nestled into the protected intersection of the public and private wings, spilling out onto the outdoor living, dining, and pool spaces.Additionally, a new detached structure housing a yoga and Pilates studio, doubling as a media center, sits close by,creating a calming hideawaytucked into a wooded grove. Photography by Adam Rouse
The home’s public wing runs along theridge of the hill andhousesa great room under lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof, immersedin multidirectional views and both morning and afternoon light. Four oversized counterweight glass doors open dramatically on each side, transforming the space into an outdoor pavilion whose flush concrete floors extend into a poolside patio to the west and a terrace and fire pit to the east,offering comfortable outdoor living in both hot and cool weather. With the oversized doors drawn, the site offers one sweeping, continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant town below.Subtle architectural detailing in the space adds both refinement and functionality – sound absorbing perforated panel ceilingsand discrete stone strips across the floor visually delineate zones without physical barriers.
From its intersection with the great room, the home’s private wing reaches towards views; to the west,the programming flows from the garage to a media room opening onto the pool and the second bedroom at its rear. The bedroom looks out through another oversized operable glass panel into the landscapebeyond.To the east, the new primary suite integrates a private study that opens onto a meadow as well asthe firepit and terrace.
With dark-stained cedar siding, softly glowing plaster walls, and low stone landscape walls that anchor the building, Sonoma Wine Country 1 offers anupdated and thoughtful response to both its site and the client’s changing needs.
Architect: Feldman Architecture
Interior Designer: Ann Lowengart Interiors
Landscape Design: Lutsko Associates
General Contractor: Jungsten Construction
Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering
Photography: Adam Rouse
FELDMAN ARCHITECTURE TEAM:
Jonathan Feldman, AIA LEED AP, Project Principal
Leila Bijan Kuehr, Job Captain