This 4,200 square foot single story home, spotted on Sotheby’s Realty, is located in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley region of California, designed by architecture studio Johnson Fain. The contemporary house sits on the upper portion of a 42-acre site accessed by a private road with a vineyard at the lower end of the site. The house has been designed as a weekend home and office for a couple, as well as a place for entertaining and overseeing a new winery venture. The design concept is a highly ordered series of rectilinear volumes clad in precisely finished steel panels. The house is designed to be an integrated part of its natural surroundings with elements such as a central living space composed of glass walls that provide a uniquely framed view out to the landscape beyond and slender steel columns which support exposed wood soffits, mirroring the many existing trees on the site.
The interior material palette ranges from the simplicity of plywood ceilings and polished concrete floors to the rich texture of cleft quartzite stone stairs and Mexican glass mosaic tiled floors and walls. Interior walls are veneered in plaster in subtle colors. Living spaces are further defined by maple-veneered ceilings that are suspended beneath exposed wood roof joists. Millwork elements are custom designed and composed of ebonized and stained maple veneers, brushed stainless steel and silver travertine. The landscape design includes stepped terraces, a dramatic lap pool running perpendicular to the structure, spa, barbecue and an exterior fireplace set within the natural surroundings of boulders and native oak trees.
There is also a 1,000 square foot, two bedroom guesthouse, located below the main house, designed by Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects. The site is a wooded hill overlooking the Napa Valley above the Silverado Trail, which runs along the eastern edge of the valley. The entry is a sliding glass door that penetrates a rusty-colored steel wall known as Corten and opens to a court and view of the valley. The house is comprised of living/dining/kitchen, main suite and second bedroom.
This magnificent property is also listed for sale, at $14,950,000, from here.
About five acres of the property includes an operating vineyard. Mr. Lieff produces a private-label Cabernet Sauvignon with the harvest.
The entry to the home, with concrete walkway.
The living area, with polished concrete floors and plywood ceiling with exposed trellising.
A zero-edge pool was built into the natural landscape to be as unassuming as possible, with large stones and scrub oak surrounding the structure.
A separate guest house extends on the contemporary theme of the main home.
The rust-colored metal was also used for the main gate on the property, which leads into the vineyard.