Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sebastopol House: Tapered Column "Toothpick" on Site

The long-awaited "Toothpick" has been delivered on site. This structural member is a tapered glued laminated western red cedar column. At its thickest, the "Toothpick" is 9 inches wide and is approximately 50 feet long. It will support the roof at the highest point of the main house.

Fun fact: this log has to be rotated approximately every four hours to keep it from bowing out of shape. 

The "Toothpick." Richard in the back for scale.

Future placement of the "Toothpick."

Closeup of the glued laminated timber layers

Steel columns supporting the roof at the Guest House. The sloped column is a reoccurring element throughout the project. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sebastopol House: Progress on Exterior Finishes

For the past few months, we've been working on a color palette for the Sebastopol House. Below are some of the final color decisions and initial mockups. 

A collage of the various stain colors for the house's exterior.

Our contractor mocked up a few color variations of the board and batten siding.

On one of the auxiliary structures, we experimented with randomly applied boards and battens that vary in width. This structure was also an initial opportunity to test stain application. 

A closeup of the auxiliary structure's siding profile

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sebastopol House - Drone Pictures

Our contractor snapped these pictures of the project with his drone the other day.  They will give you a sense of the house in its context.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hay Barn receives AIA California Council Honor Award

Photo Credit: Steve Kurtz

We're sharing the happy news that the Hay Barn received an AIA California Council Honor Award. 
You can see more of the Hay Barn at our website:

Congratulations to the other winners as well! A full list is located here: