New Residence + Poolhouse
Napa, CA

Following the complete loss of their newly purchased home to the Napa fires, all that remained on our clients’ property was a pool and a serpentine stone landscape wall. We took our cue from these site elements to organize and connect the pool house to the main house with two new stone walls which create a welcoming entry and expand the indoor/outdoor living experience. The stone walls anchor core functions and contrast with the open gesture of of uplifted roof forms and clerestory windows that celebrate sweeping views of the vineyards and orchards inthe valleys below. The lower serpentine wall was extended to embrace an exterior patio at the crest of the hill where the old structure was, a response to zoning criteria for hillside development in view corridors. The interior spaces open onto both the patio and the view under shade and vine trellises via expansive glass doors. Sustainable aspects of the project include: fire resistant constructions throughout, locally sourced stone, metal roofs, a solar array with battery backup, and water storage.

[contributed to project design while at Gast Architects]

General Contractor: Saturn Construction

Landscape Architect: Jonathan Plant & Associates

Structural Engineer: Larry Wong

Civil Engineer: Madrone Engineering

Lighting Design: Hiram Banks Lighting Design

Photography: John Oliver