High above the Sonoma Plaza, a very narrow Norbomm Road twists through the Oak trees and rocky serpentine outcroppings. At this historic estate near the top of the mountain, Doug created a family compound complete with a lake house, outdoor kitchen, studio space and a main house with wraparound porch and arbor. The farmhouse style and site layout closely reflect the original historic hunting lodge and bunkhouse on the edge of a two-acre lake. The living spaces and studio all flow freely from the whitewashed wood interior to the spectacular natural environment and breathtaking views outside. Ipe decks and a well appointed outdoor kitchen bring the comfort outside. And, of course, the fishing is excellent.
La Haye Green Roof and Studio
Just off the Sonoma Plaza, and across the alley from the Sebastiani Theater, is a collection of buildings housing a fine restaurant, artist's studios, retail storefronts and a penthouse residence called the La Haye Art Center. The fortunate resident artist and all around Renaissance man, Jim Callahan, had a vision to replace the most dilapidated building of the compound with a new studio space and green roof, complete with contemporary water harvesting technology. In keeping with the original building purpose as an iron foundry, the exterior is clad in corrugated steel. In keeping with Jim's vision, the rooftop is a citrus producing paradise and Zen refuge. This project received an award from the Sonoma League of Historic Preservation.
Bodega Bay Residence
On the windswept California coast lies the scenic town of Bodega Bay. A working harbor and recreational hotspot make this community a very desirable destination. Conceived and built as a speculative residence in conjunction with the Developer, the design of this house was unanimously approved in record time by the meticulous and demanding local Design Review Board. Unique to residences in this subdivision, the living area is located on the ground floor and opens directly on to a garden terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. When living spaces flow smoothly from architecture into landscape we find indoor/outdoor California living at its finest.
On The East side of Sonoma, just outside the City limits, is a neighborhood of eclectic houses, each on a good-sized rural parcel. From a stately civil-war era Victorian to a shotgun shack, this block has it all. This residence was a plain Jane rancher, but the Hutchinsons wanted to recreate the house into a space that would accommodate their passion for entertaining and living the Sonoma lifestyle. Just as important was their desire to create a connection to the neighborhood with a wide and inviting front entry porch. Several additions around the house and major interior remodeling brought them a vaulted master bathroom, spacious dining room, a covered and heated outdoor kitchen and dining area, and of course a place for them to sit out front and greet guests and neighbors passing by.
Walsh Cottage at the Isle
On a large but hidden parcel at the confluence of Sonoma Creek and Agua Caliente in the heart of Sonoma Valley, lies a charming old Sonoma farmhouse and compound of outbuildings. This bucolic getaway was our first Sonoma residence more than twenty years ago, and in the historic Tank House, I started my own practice.
I have worked on the property over the years in many capacities, most recently designing this addition and reimaging of the existing cottage. The design is based on preserving the existing trees and creekside habitat while opening up views of the ancient Valley Oaks, Redwoods and Buckeye trees surrounding it.