Comprised of perpendicular bars atop a hill overlooking Healdsburg, this home offers both ample social space ideal for entertaining and the privacy of a rural retreat. The taller section runs along the ridge of the hill and houses the home’s great room under lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof, filled with light and views let in through tall glass walls.

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Completed: 2015
Location: Healdsburg CA
Area: 2890 sf

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Contractor: Jungsten Construction
Landscape Architect: Arterra Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering
Photography: Joe Fletcher

Sonoma Wine Country I By Feldman Architecture - Sheet3Four oversized glass panels open dramatically on each side, transforming the space into an outdoor pavilion whose flush concrete floors extend into a poolside patio to the north and a terrace and a fire pit to the south, offering comfortable outdoor areas for both hot and cool weather. With these doors drawn up, the site offers one sweeping, continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant village below.

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Sonoma Wine Country I By Feldman Architecture - Sheet4Designed for social clients who love to entertain, the great room features a small, efficient kitchen as well as a larger, working kitchen ideal for caterers tucked discretely away. The perforated panels in the room’s ceiling absorb sound during large parties and the discrete stone strips across the floor delineate zones within the space without visual barriers. These subtle details add both refinement and functionality to the great room.

Sonoma Wine Country I By Feldman Architecture - Sheet5Reaching out from the great room, the home’s second wing extends towards the north, transitioning into private space as it flows from the garage, to the media room, and finally opening onto the pool and the master bedroom at the rear. The master bed looks out through another oversized operable glass panel onto the rolling meadow beyond, establishing an intimate connection with the land in the first and last moments of each day.  Just a short walk away, a guesthouse extends the wing’s path down the hill and offers an additional level of privacy.

Sonoma Wine Country I By Feldman Architecture - Sheet6With dark-stained cedar siding and low stone landscape walls that anchor the building, Sonoma Wine Country 1 offers a modest and thoughtful response to both its site and the client’s needs.

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