San Francisco-based and woman-owned firm Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects is well known for its sustainable and sight-sensitive—not to mention stunning—design. One of its latest projects is this sleek, net-zero residence in Sonoma sited by a pond that combines a main home, pool house, and car court.
Measuring 2,950 square feet, the single-story comprises rectangular volumes that are linked by a thin, flat roof that floats above the entry hall and primary outdoor living space—an open-air volume that includes a fireplace and a barbecue grill—and a living roof below which the kitchen, bedrooms, and “support spaces” are found. The greenery, also a feature of another one of the studio’s homes, creates an additional visual connection between the home and the gently-sloping meadow surrounding it.
Walls of sliding glass doors and clerestory windows open up the living room to the spring-fed pond just beyond it, as well as to the adjacent outdoor lounge, while the 840-square-foot pool house, with its large shade trellises, further extends the home’s indoor-outdoor living opportunities. A fire pit and dock provide even more nature-centric entertaining.
The property is solar-powered and incorporates passive cooling strategies by way of a “cool” roof, the afore-mentioned living roof, heavy insulation, and extensive overhangs. Hot water for the home and the pool is also supplied by photovoltaic power. Have a look.