Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

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

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Opposite: Wrapped in COR-TEN steel, the front entry is quietly welcoming—and handicapped accessible. Top: The great room segues into the screened porch, which provides protected access to the guest bedrooms. Above: Occupying the footprint of the original log house, the new Cloverdale Residence has panoramic views of northern Sonoma wine country. log home, built from a kit, uninsulated against the extremes of the local climate, and untailored to the marvelous views. Mary's firm, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, has been known for its sensi- tivity to site, climate, and region, since its founding by William Turnbull, Jr., one of the principal architects of Sea Ranch. It has evolved over the years from employing passive measures to conserve energy to also incorporating state of the art active technologies—all in a graceful, seamless architecture that never seeks to upstage its surroundings. Mary knew quickly that the existing house would not achieve the goals sought by her clients, one of whom had a child- hood house designed by Turnbull that was tragically destroyed by fire. Instead, Mary devised another idea: distill the house to its elements. "After studying it, we asked if we would could take the house apart and reuse the wood. And the clients, who are very interested and committed to sustain- able construction, said yes. So, we had the house deconstructed and the logs were re- milled into lumber. They became the inside walls and entry recesses." Inside Out Freed from the constraints of the building itself, Mary soon learned she was tied to its original footprint. "Because of the fire turnaround, the vine plantings, and ma- ture oaks, the new house had to keep the old footprint. Also, there was an existing swimming pool added later that we decid- ed to keep. And we kept the shed." Those were the givens to deal with, but then there was the wish list to consider. The lost Turnbull house was remembered dearly for its commodious porch and in- door-outdoor lifestyle. When it came time to design this house, Mary says, "Like the Richard Williams house you featured in the last issue of the magazine, it also began VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 59

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