Centrally located in the heart of Valley of the Moon, this Sonoma Wine Country Cabana was constructed to continue the working ranch owners’ commitment to energy-efficiency and sustainability. The ecologically designed cabana was built by Arkin and Tilt Architects based in Berkeley, California. Contemporary architecture is designed to seamlessly blend into the hillside and take advantage of a 300’ view of Wine Country and San Francisco Bay. An expansive outdoor terrace is fully equipped with bath, changing room and an outdoor shower. The rear of cabana is bermed into the hillside and topped with a living roof. The roof, supported by tree-like branching, promotes natural heating and cooling. Double-sided pise walls are complete with earth-cement finish, locally quarried.
Glazed glass “garage-like” doors open up to connect the cabana’s interior and exterior spaces. Douglas fir wood paneling were harvested from the site; cedar cribbing and custom fir cabinetry are used harmoniously throughout the space. A built-in outdoor barbeque and large trellis create an open dining area on the terrace. A Vetrazzo slab of recycled glass provides a bar and serving counter. Both floors and terrace are made of colored concrete, creating a cohesive and practical transition for entertaining. Above the cabana, infrastructure is installed for completion of a rammed earth residence. There is also a charming 2-bedroom home, a meditation yurt in the hills and an exceptional 2-story barn. Enjoy the photos!
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