The Sebastopol Residence

Project Year:  2008
Area: 156.0 m2  (1700 sq. ft.)
Lot Size:  Acreage

Photography:  David Wakely

View versus ideal aspect! In the northern hemisphere, a southern aspect means access to winter sunshine that lifts spirits and reduces power bills. But the view doesn’t always cooperate with the position of the sun. That’s where a good architect earns his or her fee. This lot has the view to the north and a passing road to the south. The clients wanted privacy, winter sun and that lovely outlook.

An entire wall of glass captures the views while allowing natural light to flood the home Sebastopol Residence by Turnbull, Griffin Haesloop
An entire wall of glass captures the views while allowing natural light to flood the home.

From the architect:

Designed for two graphic designers, this house bridges between two stands of redwood trees, with the northern window wall facing out to the expansive view. Decks located at either end of the house open onto paths that lead to the pool on one side and the studio/garage on the other. The southern elevation screens the interior from the driveway and road above, but allows southern light in through the clerestory windows.

The clerestory windows allow ample southern light while the high bookcase walls provide privacy from the passing traffic.

As you enter, a dormer rises up over the dining area to frame the view. The main house is modest in size, only 1,700 square feet, but feels spacious due to an open floor plan. The clients’ wonderful art objects are housed in the long southern wall bookcase. The exterior is clad in cedar siding with a metal roof and the interior features a Douglas fir ceiling and decking, sheetrock walls and Ipe flooring.

The separate studio can double as a guest room.`
The separate studio can double as a guest room.

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Another innovative design by the same firm is Atherton




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