Family Compound in California Defined by a Perfect Indoor Outdoor Experience

Family Compound in California Defined by a Perfect Indoor Outdoor Experience

Architects: John Maniscalco Architecture
Project: Family Compound in California
Team Members: John Maniscalco, Principal Designer / TuAnh Ta, Project Architect
Location: Healdsburg, California, United States
Photographer: Blake Marvin Photography
Text by John Maniscalco Architecture

Nestled into the hillside above the Dry Creek Valley, this completely rebuilt and expanded home utilizes minimal architectural moves to change the fundamental relationship of structure to site. Forced to work with an existing ranch home due to County restrictions, the relocation of the entry drive and introduction of secondary forms creates a family compound anchored to the landscape in a completely new relationship.

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Optimizing on world-class views over the valley floor and vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley from every room, the home is characterized by seamless indoor-outdoor experiences and perfectly framed views of the dramatic natural siting.

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The residence’s L-shaped floor plan is comprised of large open glass walls at two wings with long overhanging roofs to protect the glass from direct sunlight.

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Utilizing clean forms linked by trellised shading systems, the elements of the home are broken into distinct wings, separating the public living spaces from the private bedroom areas and guest house. A well-sited infinity pool creates a sense of reflection and spatial extension, mirroring the dramatic skies of Sonoma.

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