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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Rooted in Place Moving around the outside of the house is never dull or predictable either, even though it feels familiar. The volumes' different materials and heights come together at the south porch paralleling the pool and outdoor kitchen. "The roofline at the kitchen has a classic break, the way agricultural buildings in the area have a break to their shape; it turns the corner, becomes the porch, pulls back, turns the corner again, and finishes in a cedar pocket," Amy says. "In Napa and Sonoma, the gable roofline relates to barn forms that draw people to the area. Here it's the element that unites the composition." A hybrid of modern and tradition- al, the house's mixed messages serve a purpose. For example, mullions on the upper part of the windows help break down the scale and acknowledge wine country's rural architecture, while the lower part is continuous so as not to obstruct views. This is echoed in the kitchen's upper cabinets, whose square motif relates to the windows across the room. And in the living room, a series of kickers ties the exposed trusses to the gable ends, eliminating the need for steel. "It adds an agricultural twist as a more straightforward way to approach architecture," Amy says. Builder John Rechin "weighed in on how to do things in a simple manner." "We used steel minimally in a few cases," John says. "The large pieces of glass took quite a bit of structural coor- dination with the window company to accomplish the views we wanted. Steel posts are embedded into the foundation system, which is unusual. They come up between the windows, supporting them inside the wall structure." This page: Both guest suites have window seats, too—a feature the architect likes to work into every house with good views. And what guest doesn't appreciate a space to relax in private without getting into bed? The west-facing guest room looks out to the existing fire pit. 64 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2019 DESIGN LAB THE VIEW HOUSE

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