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.
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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