Sonoma Residence / Cooper Joseph Studio

  • 01:00 - 15 July, 2013
Sonoma Residence / Cooper Joseph Studio, © Elliott Kaufman
© Elliott Kaufman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Geyserville, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper
  • Design Team

    Chris Good, Read Langworthy
  • Area

    2849.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Elliott Kaufman, Courtesy of Cooper Joseph Studio

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  • Associate Architect

    Richardson Architects
  • Structural Engineers

    Tysinger & Associates Structural Engineers
  • Landscaping

    Jacobsen Landscaping
  • General Contractor

    RedHorse Constructors
© Elliott Kaufman
© Elliott Kaufman

From the architect. This agricultural property in Sonoma, California is the home of two scientists who are involved in various farm projects including the production of olives, olive oil, honey, as well as bee keeping, extensive gardening and other endeavors that take advantage of the area’s climate, soils and siting. And as part of the “locavore” movement, they bring their produce to local markets and restaurants.

© Elliott Kaufman
© Elliott Kaufman

The Owners requested an efficient renovation that would maximize hillside views and connect the two levels to allow for a more open living experience. They also requested that wood be a dominant material.

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© Elliott Kaufman

The house is 2,200 square feet on two levels. The main exposure faces north, taking advantage of the view, breezes and indirect light. The existing north façade, stair and porch were removed and replaced with a new glass wall and balcony structure. We maintained most of the original wood framing for the house itself including board and baton siding (stained dark grey) and a gable roof structure. Inside, the upstairs living room was removed, opening the lower level den to the full height of the volume. Instead of having a dark living room on each of the two levels, they now have one exciting living space with open views and light.

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The balcony is the iconic form that redefines the image and focus of the house. Ipe is used as a screen and framing device. This material brings warmth to the cool California light, creating a more intimate setting and focusing views on the surrounding landscape. Ipe was chosen specifically for its strength and ability to span the entire depth of the porch without intermediate support. It will weather naturally over time, resulting in a more artistic patina against the dark background.

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Inside, oak is the primary material of choice. A consistent cut-size and grain direction was used for all floors, kitchen cabinetry, wall panels, stairs, and railings. The countertop is a butcher block.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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