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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
The property boasts two kitchens: a smaller one just off the great room and a larger working kitchen tucked discretely away at the back.
Also notice the perforated panels built into the ceiling? They’re designed to absorb sound during large parties.
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!
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.