This group of buildings was originally conceived of by Jim Bischoff Design for a family, and then was developed and refined by my practice through rigorous detailing with particular sensitivity to the construction process and unorthodox materials. The goal of this place, the architecture and its material presence, was to embody unique and personal qualities that could only be achieved over time. There is a main house, guesthouse, bathhouse, shed and barn, with extensive site work to celebrate, retain and restore the native environment.
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A generous porch wraps three sides of the house providing a habitable threshold to the courtyard and the meadow.

A Rumford fireplace with hard troweled plaster creates a focal point for the space and provides a island for the kitchen range on the backside.

Looking into the canopy of trees from balcony of the Master Bedroom.

Native oaks, Chinquapin timbers and redwood buckskins frame sublime views to the Bolinas Lagoon.

The details at the Master Bedroom balcony show the intertwining of structural elements.

Old growth redwood logs salvaged from the coastal forest floor, called “buckskins,” are used to support the trussed roof structure and decks.

The delicacy and density of the Chinquapin scissor trusses of the upstairs bedrooms is reminiscent of the oaks outside.

The buildings were sited in such a way as to minimize disturbance of the trees and their drip lines. A few diseased oaks were removed and incorporated into the architecture.

Looking from the Kitchen to the upstairs hall of the bedrooms. A walnut guardrail is fit into the queen post truss.

A Dutch moment at the dining table.

The Bath House.

Very large glazed barn type doors allow the entire Living Room to be opened to site.

The Guest House, with its buckskin post, the low redwood retainer between buildings, frame the massive grand daddy oak beside the informal courtyard of native grasses.

Looking from the Living Room to the Guest House across the courtyard.

With the giant doors on either side of the Living Room open, you can see through from the courtyard to the meadow, and through to the lagoon beyond the trees.

The resultant finish of the seasoned Chinquapin is quite smooth to the touch, and belies the checking and rustic look of fine driftwood (note the crisp, sliver free, corners and wavy surfaces).

A non-commercial species of a local coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin was seasoned on the site to achieve its silvery grey color from the salt air and sun. The complimentary galvanized steel of the moment frame at the porch reminds us that we are sitting on the San Andreas fault.

The redwood retainer links the Guest House to the Main House and defines the north edge of the courtyard of native grasses.

Main House and Bath House as seen from the porch of the Guest House

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