Forever Home | 02

The second week of October 2017 was one of those weeks we will remember for the rest of our lives. In an instant, our long-time client’s home in the hills above Santa Rosa was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire. The following day, we delivered care packages and hugs and, standing in a hotel parking lot, our contractor on speakerphone, we agreed on rebuilding the property. 

Our clients brief is admittedly a mouthful: a fire-resistant, multi-family Forever Home, to be built using Passive House construction methods. The home would accommodate two families of two different generations: the client and her spouse, along with her younger sister and spouse. Our client's forward-thinking approach also included sharing financial, household and caretaking responsibilities, improving everyone’s quality of life as the years passed.

The H-shaped layout of the home allows for each family to have their separate accommodations, with shared spaces such as kitchen and dining room making up the central volume. Each wing overlooks the courtyard, with windows placed to preserve privacy between the wings. Private dens in each wing, cantilever over the vineyard below.

Adaptability is at the heart of this home. Sliding cedar screens, inspired by local barns, help control the sun during hot summer days. Bathrooms are designed to adapt as the needs of the owner require. Materials were selected for contrast, in anticipation of reduced eyesight, along with Framestudio's signature covert accessibility elements that offer extra grip and support without aesthetic compromise.

Details

Location: Healdsburg, California

Under Construction, 2020

Architecture & Interiors: 

Chad DeWitt - Project Designer

Martin Hitch - Project Designer

Andrea Cernusak - Project Architect 

Landscape: Terremoto 

Engineer: Simplieng

Builder: Brian Evans Construction

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