In Plein Air project is a modern country home designed by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in the the Sonoma wine country landscape, California. Turning an eye to the outdoors, this metamorphosis of a traditional Tuscan villa into a modern country home frames the oak-studded beauty of the surrounding landscape from every window.
The owner’s reclaimed timber business set the earthy natural palette: recycled oak, steel windows, hand-troweled plaster walls, and concrete floors and counters.
The reconfigured floor plan of the main house includes a rough-hewn timber catwalk around the double height living room, juxtaposed with steel supports and glass railings.
The kitchen, which was moved to the north side of the house, opens onto the pool terrace with a large steel and glass tilt-up window that does double duty as a canopy over the outdoor bar.
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Linsteadt Architects
Sonoma Modern Barn is a tranquil retreat built in 2010 by Castor Architecture, surrounded by open space, vineyards and an organic farm in Sonoma, California. Situated on the site of the Old Lawrence Hot Springs Spa, a private gated driveway bridges the nearby world of historic Sonoma Square with a contemporary tranquil estate. The 5,000 square foot, four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom property takes full advantage of the hillside site, which offers views, a sense of openness, and terrific lighting to the south and west. The modern floor plan creates a series of outdoor terraces with prime exposure between the two arms of the house. This beautiful property fuses rustic contemporary architecture with historical influences in a sophisticated modern style.
We spotted this sensational property on Sotheby’s, listed for sale at $5,200,000.
Features include living room, open dining room, gourmet kitchen, den/office, family room, master suite, bedrooms, powder room, media room/home theater, loft, two car garage and sumptuous outdoor living. Outdoor living features includes, beautifully matured landscape, outdoor gas fireplace off living room and office, 100 year old original rock wall made of very rare blue stone, sparkling pool with cover, marquis spa, covered patio for shade at pool, and wine cellar.
Hupomone Ranch is a certified LEED Platinum project designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, nestled on 150 acres in the Chileno Valley, just west of downtown Petaluma, a city in Sonoma County, California. The ranch is an original homestead that had been neglected for over 30 years and the owners wanted to build a family house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives.
The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Entering a low porch on the more opaque north side under the loft above, the light-filled house opens up to the expansive view of Sonoma hills to the south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side.
The house is certified LEED Platinum and features a number of energy saving features exceeding title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, Geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency. All materials for the project also had to meet specific guidelines, such as lumber that had been sustainably harvested , products produced within a certain distance from the project, or a specified percentage of recycled content.
An integral part of the design, the landscaping by Lutsko Associates includes several outdoor living areas, organized along a riparian restoration and native plantings. To tie it all together, Erin Martin’s interiors compliment the flow of indoor/outdoor living.
Photos: David Wakely
Meier Road Barn is part of an ongoing master plan designed by Mork Ulnes Architects, for an ambitious couple living on a vineyard in Sonoma, California. The project took place just 100 meters from the couple’s 1930s bungalow. The project brief was straight forward: provide large flexible spaces that could be used to store farm equipment, workspaces, collectables and an art studio. Eager to maintain the existing 2,475 square foot (230 square meters) footprint, the architects found new ways to use the older typology.
The main challenge became to create an ideal art studio within the barn vernacular. Inverting the traditional gable barn roof solved this by gaining the needed height, and provided the studio with the indirect northern light conditions.
An expansion of the project is currently under construction and includes an amoeba-like structure to house a dining area with an interior jungle, an aviary, bathroom pods, a swimming pool, and an amphitheatre. There’s also been talk of a hockey rink.
Transparent openings of different sizes reveal interior functions to people approaching the building. The light-filled artist’s studio, in particular, is in full view.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Hydeaway House is a modern vineyard retreat in the Carneros region of Sonoma, California, designed by Schwartz and Architecture. The simple, one-story 2,000 square foot floor plan is not unlike any number of recent pre-fabricated prototypes for low cost, sustainable single-family homes. But then, the shape of the house begins to morph with the push and pull of the surrounding environment. The simple rectangular box folds in two to embrace the open 1-acre site. Walls skew under the rectangular roof to focus on near and distant views. This then creates the tapering roof overhangs that strategically protect the private spaces from the harshest of the summer sun. In the end, the design retains the benefits of a simple plan with streamlined construction, and the economical and sustainable use of materials. Yet with just a few subtle shifts in the plan, we create a home engaged with its surroundings and far more able to take advantage of the best its site has to offer — qualities often lacking in the simple box.
To stay at the heavenly retreat, prices range from $775 – $975 per night, from here.
Photos: Matthew Millman
This gorgeous Vineyard Estate is carefully sited on the edge of a sixty-acre vineyard in Sonoma, California. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, this monastic 14,000 square foot stone structure establishes a temporal frame of reference for mapping its physical environment. The estate includes the main home, as well as a caretaker’s residence, barn, irrigation center, water storage, outlying garden rooms, sculpture gardens and an orchard. The main house incorporates stacked stone walls organized round a long reflecting pool, and large glass openings that obscure the boundaries between inside and outside.
Photos: John Sutton and Marcus Hanschen
This extraordinary modern villa is called California Dreamin set on the mountain tops of Sonoma County with fabulous panoramic views that stretches from Sonoma Valley to Mt. Tamalpais and Sausalito, and includes the blue waters of San Francisco Bay, and the City skyline. Designed by renowned architect Conrad Sanchez the residence sits on 20 acres of land and 5,100 square feet of well-appointed living space, an infinity pool and spa, outdoor shower, a separate guesthouse, and a wine cave carved into the hillside.
The house was built to complement its surroundings and the angular design allows unobstructed views from every location on the plateau, and its orientation ensures spectacular views from every room. Each room has a large expanse of windows and its own access to the terrace and pool area through 10-foot high glass doors. This easy flow from inside to outdoors draws guests to the broad entertainment terrace with its unobstructed vistas.
As you enter, the casual elegance of the home is apparent in the use of fine materials and artisan details. The expansive open arrangement with its wall of windows encompasses the kitchen, a dining area and a large, comfortable living space. Gorgeous concrete floors are hand-stained to accentuate the original art and custom-made furnishings, and all floors have radiant heat. High ceilings and low voltage lighting create a sense of scale that matches the panorama.
Other rooms in the home includes a small den/reading room, a large media room, a wet bar, an additional kitchen for catering, and three bedrooms and four and a half baths in the main house. All of the spacious bedrooms have access to the terrace and pool and enjoys a slightly different angle to the home’s vistas, furnished with artisan-made beds, seating areas and baths with custom concrete vanities and richly patterned marble walls and showers.
Across the courtyard from the main house is the 800-square-foot guest home, self-contained, with a full kitchen and open plan design. If you follow the hillside around the courtyard, you come upon the entryway to the wine cave. Metal-clad doors open into a man-made cave with a tall, arched ceiling. The cave curves around to an opening at the far end, enclosed by a glass door and windows. The small outdoor area has a view framed by the shape of the cave. Imagine a wine tasting in this cool cavern or a special dinner by candlelight.
Rates for this stunning villa range from $14,000-$17,500 per week and can be rented from here.
Situated on top of approximately 17 acres in scenic Sonoma Valley, California this magnificent estate combines contemporary style, convenience and comfort into the ultimate in wine country living. Featured in July 2008 Architectural Digest the property includes the main house of approximately 5,111 square feet (475 square meters) with three bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a separate guest house, wine cave, 3,000 square foot combination auto barn and fitness center, cabana, pool and spa , terraces, parking areas and hiking trails. Nestled among trees, tranquil Valle Vista enjoys breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley, vineyards, the Bay and sunsets. The seamless transitions from inside to the numerous terraces and patios, all with dazzling views of the valley makes this one of the most desirable opportunities in the wine country.
This Sonoma Valley home is listed for sale here for $9,900,000.
Ron Mann Design created this distinguishable Sonoma, California beach house. For each project he works on he looks to nature and the local terrain for inspiration. In this beach house project he united traditional construction elements with modern ones, mixing driftwood with found objects and his own custom pieces for a coastal-bohemian vibe. The home has a very modern looking exterior with traditional stucco walls and a whitewashed tile roof, giving way to a more rustic interior design feel throughout. The outdoor areas blend seamlessly with each other, allowing space for entertaining as well as a living environment. The open plan interior enables the homeowner to have spectacular views of the Pacific ocean. Mexican chairs and other wooden elements come with contemporary white furniture side by side all around the house. Mann’s roughly hewn tables and chairs can be purchased at Maisonry in Napa Valley, California. Via
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