Sonoma County Country Home Brings the Outside In | NONAGON.style
Rural Wine Country Retreat Brings the Outside In

Rural Wine Country Retreat Brings the Outside In

We love this Californian home's industrial minimalist aesthetic!

Written by –
Jess Ng
on June 26th 2018
Jess loves good design! She spends her weekends exploring the sights, sounds and architecture of the world. Another favorite activity is taste-testing local delicacies.
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Sonoma Wine Country I

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Perched atop a hill overlooking the village of Healdsburg, a Sonoma County retreat encapsulates the best of California outdoor living. It turns out stunning rustic views framed by dramatic oversized glass panels and a sweeping poolside patio are the key to dream home status. Let’s take a closer look.

Sonoma Country Country Home: Stunning exterior architecture with swimming pool and indoor outdoor living | NONAGON.style

“When the home was built, the client was single. He is a venture capitalist who wanted outdoor living close to the city. He later married and now lives with his wife in the house. She too enjoys the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and helped picked the furniture.”

Sonoma County Country Home: Living room with lofty ceilings and floor to ceiling glass panel windows | NONAGON.style

Indoor Outdoor Living

The home owner was inspired by a home built by his father on Orcas Island some fifteen years prior. As a guiding light for the direction of this build, the priority was to have as little separation as possible between the inside and out.

Sonoma County Country Home: Living room with industrial steel frame windows opening fully to the outdoors | NONAGON.style

The home is anchored by the great room – a space with lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof. Though simple and moderate in its design aesthetic, the great room serves plenty of drama courtesy of those tall glass walls.

Sonoma County Country Home: Living room with industrial steel frame windows opening fully to the outdoors and fireplace detail | NONAGON.style

Four oversized glass panels flank the space. Each panel can be opened up fully, transforming the room into an outdoor pavilion. With these doors drawn up, the site offers one sweeping continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant village below.

Sonoma County Country Home: Poolside outdoor patio with rustic charm and country views | NONAGON.style

Be Our Guest

Designed for social clients who love to open their space to friends and family, this home offers ideal facilities for entertaining. Let’s face it, if you had those views on your doorstep, why wouldn’t you want to show your place off?

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist kitchen with island and perforated ceiling detail | NONAGON.style

The property boasts two kitchens: a smaller one just off the great room and a larger working kitchen tucked discretely away at the back.

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist dining room with steel framed windows opening to the outdoors | NONAGON.style

Also notice the perforated panels built into the ceiling? They’re designed to absorb sound during large parties.

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist living room with ceiling fan and simple white accents | NONAGON.style

When designing a home for socializing, an open plan layout is a must. As such, the main public space of this home is all open plan. I especially love how the design has incorporated discrete stone strips across the floor. This helps to delineate zones within the space without any obvious visual barriers.

 

What a fantastic way to make an open plan space practical and functional!

Sonoma County Country Home: Outdoor exterior shot with swimming pool and patio detail | NONAGON.style

“Two spaces really stand out because of their indoor/outdoor relationships. The dining/living room and the master bedroom. The use of the tilt up steel doors in these spaces gives a unique visual and physical transparency to these spaces.”

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist hallway with concrete walls and floors and feature window | NONAGON.style

Industrial Minimalism

Elsewhere in the home, the ode to industrial minimalism continues with concrete floors and exposed ironwork in the master bedroom suite.

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist bedroom with steel framed windows opening to the outdoors | NONAGON.style

The mix of wood and concrete textures is well done. The aesthetic feels easy and natural, but still styled with a touch of flair. Custom wood cabinetry and sleek details, such as the sunken bathtub, ensures the overall look remains luxe and polished.

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist bathroom with wood detail and concrete sunken bathtub | NONAGON.style

“The doors, along with the concrete floors and exposed ironwork, give the house an industrial feel that is balanced by the simplicity of smooth plaster walls, sleek kitchen appliances and custom wood cabinetry.”

Sonoma County Country Home: Industrial minimalist bathroom with simple shower and concrete accents | NONAGON.style
Sonoma County Country Home: Minimalist bathroom with custom wood cabinetry and concrete accents | NONAGON.style

Overall, what I love the most about this Sonoma County country home is its understated simplicity. The build itself is both modest and thoughtful in its impact on the environment, incorporating natural materials wherever possible. Don’t be fooled into thinking simple means basic however, for this rural country retreat is anything but. Indeed, as the Feldman Architecture team discovered through the course of this project, simple ideas are often the most powerful.

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