Bennett Valley Residence
Located on Bennett Valley Road in the Bennett Valley Appellation, this single family residence is sited among agricultural land and faces Bennett Valley Peak. The Residence is rooted in its agricultural context by paying homage to the modest beginnings of farmhouses through scale, form, materiality and organization, while modernized with quality of natural light, spatial volume and a strong indoor to outdoor connection.
Sentimental qualities of farmhouses are expressed through high pitched gabled roofs that are connected by transparent nodes and via gable ends, bridging the gap between the large program and modest concept. Standing seam metal roofs, and board and batten siding, accented by local syar stone, make up the simple materials pallet.
The interior of the residence is defined by high vaulted ceilings which are facilitated through scissor trusses. Large aluminum windows sit on the floor, beginning to blur the connection between inside and outside, and large sliders let an abundance of natural light, fresh air and sound of the courtyard water element inside – letting the outside in.
Linear organization strengthens the farmhouse roots by wrapping the residence around a central courtyard. As a remodel, the residence maintained the existing footprint with carefully orchestrated modifications to fit the program with minimal disturbance to additional land. The courtyard focuses on the central oak tree, with care taken to trim and support branches. The glass cube entryway breaks up the private and public wings of the residence. Large repeating hallway windows create a simple rhythm on the private wing.