Larry Reed, SWA, Landscape Architect, Sausalito, California
Fratessa Forbes Wong, Structural Engineer, Oakland, California
Jim Murphy & Associates, General Contractor, Santa Rosa, California
Sited at the edge of a mature oak grove and adjacent to a small pond, the Net Zero Sonoma Residence acts as an informal gateway to the unique natural setting it occupies. This year-round retreat could accommodate small or large gatherings. The project uses strategic massing and large overhangs to frame a series of flexible indoor/outdoor spaces within the larger surrounding landscape.
A thin floating roof reaches across the primary outdoor living space framing the entry and creating a dramatic threshold from the car court to the pond beyond. The bedrooms, kitchen and support spaces are housed under a living roof, visually linking the house to the surrounding landscape.
The pool house extends outdoor living with generous shade trellises and includes a playroom, changing room and guestroom as well as space for the solar hot water and pool equipment. A fire pit and small dock further extend the outdoor living experience to the pond’s edge.