Residential Design

VOL4 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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A principle of Japanese garden design is that property lines do not define a site—the proverbial borrowed land- scape. Neither, it is understood, do four walls define a house. Views out were the organizing principle of this Napa Valley house that absorbs the remnants of an older landscape. An existing vineyard, garage, meandering stone walls, pool, and outdoor fireplace were knit with the new, acknowledging the land's history. Architect Amy Alper's clients, Ore- gon transplants, had lived at the house part-time for three years. During that time, the retired couple had planted vineyards. Their original idea was to remodel the house, content to let the property evolve. When they moved in permanently, however, they recognized that this approach would not serve them long-term and certainly would not do justice to the spectacular views of Mount Saint Helena in the distance. And so they decided to start from scratch. Opposite and this page: A new house in California wine country makes strategic use of existing site features—maturing vineyards; landscape elements, such as stone walls, terraces, swimming pool, and fire pit; and a guest house. An existing garage burned down during the 2017 Tubbs Fire and was rebuilt; the main house, which was under construction at the time with materials specified for Wildland Urban Interface Zones, survived unscathed. 57 VOL. 4, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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