This contemporary barn house stands on Hupomone Ranch, an original 160-acre homestead located in the Chileno Valley. The project is a creation of Turnbull, Griffin, Haesloop Architects.
The ranch had been fallow for over 30 years before the current owners, a young family with three children, decided to build a barn house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming.
Drawing on the natural serenity of the site, the structure evokes a sense of place in western Petaluma, where farming is still a part of community’s daily experience.
The direct, grounded structure of the barn neatly compliments its environment, helping frame the expansive views toward the coastal range beyond. Approaching the home, the entry provides shelter, tucked beneath the loft, offering a view through the house toward the meadow.
The main living area is naturally illuminated throughout, bracketed by the bedroom and kitchen spaces on either side. In the kitchen, large sliding windows open directly toward the garden.
The building is LEED Platinum certified, and boasts a wealth of energy saving features.
Features include passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, geothermal radiant cooling and heating, and solar and photovoltaic panels, all of which contribute to the structure’s high energy efficiency. The project is truly in harmony with its natural surroundings.
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This wide view of the ranch puts the barn house and accompanying pool house into context, revealing the gently hilly landscape within which it fits. The angular white structure’s facade is dominated by glass panels for a transparent look.
The central, open design body of the home situates a sprawling living room beneath full height glass panels, allowing for expansive views and a blending of indoor and outdoor visual spaces. Large sliding panels allow for fresh air and full access to the patio.
The living room is flush with unique touches, from the large button tufted sectional and a pair of knotted-frame club chairs to the immense black and white portrait standing next to built-in wall shelving. A large woven area rug centers the furniture over the concrete flooring.
The neutral white and grey hues are countered by bursts of yellow, on the accent pillows and a large plant in the living room. Massive circular leather ottoman coffee table commands attention, while another striking art piece is seen on the far right.
The two-story living room also holds this loft area above the doorway, with subtle skylights framed against the roof edge. A massive aluminum ceiling fan efficiently circulates air in the large space.
The open kitchen features a large marble topped island at center, beneath an array of pendant lights. Flanked by white built-in shelving, a massive sliding window over the sink allows for fresh air and wide vistas.
Bathroom reflects the muted tones of the living room, with bold white and soft grey mixing throughout. Large pedestal tub in black sits across from minimalist vanity with marble countertop.
Bedroom seen here is equipped with a large window seat and built-in shelving, plus large opening windows for interaction with the environment. Animal fur bedding reinforces the connection to nature.
The sprawling property reaches from the barn home itself toward a pool-equipped patio at the far end. Here we see an array of Adirondack chairs in natural wood hues.
The extensive patio and pool area plays host to a large pool house, built in the same minimalist style as the barn home. An outdoor kitchen area complements the large patio, standing sheltered beneath an extended rooftop.
From the side, we can see the pool house roof soaring over part of the patio space, mimicking the gentle slopes of the surrounding landscape.
We leave you with a final view of the home at night, glowing from within through immense openings, in communion with nature. A Grisaille Limestone plank paving in a burnished and corduroy finish leads directly to the center of the open design living room.