Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

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

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D AB transition. These are the details good architects make sure to draw perfectly, and good builders execute with precision. Exposed beams span the room to join the mezzanine level, and are bisected by a perpendicular custom-made metal channel. "The beams modulate the vol- ume, and they provide an opportunity for lighting," Amy explains. "The channel hides LED uplights and a provides a place to hang the central pendant. The uplight- ing really adds warmth and complexity to the space, in addition to function. And we get virtually full illumination of the ceiling without downlights." Symmetry plays out in more subtle ways, as well. For instance, the her- ringbone pattern that appears in the metal-tiled fireplace wall turns up in smaller scale as marble herringbone tile for the kitchen backsplash—fireplace and kitchen are directly opposite each other, of course. Says Amy, "There's a play in texture and a change in scale between the fire- place and the kitchen. The entire space is about a layering approach. The building blocks are texture, light, detail—these are the classics of architecture regardless of the style." When Amy needs some inspiration for the vernacular work her clients often request, she doesn't have to look far afield from the agricultural and resi- dential precedents of her home base in Sonoma and Napa. "The forms are primary to the rural areas out here, and are so compel- ling architecturally," she says. "That intersection between the vernacular and the modern—it's a very satisfying place to play." Above and opposite page: The only notable aspect of the existing house was its siting, which Amy retained. "When you're outside eating or relaxing, you engage with the lines of the vines and then the views beyond. There's not a bad time of year to be there." 64 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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