Friday, November 9, 2018

Sebastopol House: Progress on Exterior Finishes Part 2

Siding installation has begun for the Sebastopol House.

The rain screen currently gives the walls a blue color and is the final layer in the waterproofing of the envelope.

The black stained cedar siding is beginning to envelop the guest house.

The formal appendages of the house are treated with a contrasting siding. 

Along the kitchen side, battens are beginning to march;
they have been treated with a slightly darker stain than the boards.

More finished elements have been installed, such as the guard rails. 
Also, in this image, we get a glimpse of our contractors on-site potato patch. 
He kindly gifted us a bucket.

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:

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sebastopol House in Construction

Progress is underway on our latest residential project in Sebastapol, California. Framing is nearly complete and work on finish elements is soon to begin. The project includes a main residence and guesthouse; they are arranged to enclose a courtyard that overlooks the redwood forest.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

AIAEB 2018 Fellows Celebration

Come join us for the AIAEB 2018 Fellows celebration on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:45 PM. There’ll be a reception followed by presentations of recent projects from Laura Hartman and Emily Marthinsen. 

For full event details check out:
See you there!

Photo credit: Richard Barnes. Project: Cohousing project in Philo California 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Laura Hartman elevated to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects

We are so excited to share that Laura Hartman has been elevated to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. We are incredibly proud of her. Congratulations, Laura! 

The Fellowship program recognizes architects who have “made significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”

Thursday, February 15, 2018

UC Riverside Barn Expansion Project

Here's a first look at the Barn Expansion project, a dining and performance venue that we're designing at UC Riverside.  

At the heart of the Barn Expansion project is the Barn Dining building, a 1916 horse stable from UCR’s days as a Citrus Experiment Station. The Barn was subsequently turned into a dining hall with a performance stage in the 1950’s; the current project undertakes an extensive renovation and modernization of the building, including an expansion for a commercial kitchen. The existing Barn Theater building will be rebuilt.  A new Faculty / Staff Dining building (barn-like in form, but contemporary in material detailing) will reinforce the site’s identity as a dining hub. A new outdoor performance venue will be bracketed between the Barn Dining and the Faculty / Staff dining building, and will serve as outdoor dining space when not in concert-mode.  A Ticketing Tower with a glowing lantern-like feature will define the east entrance, serving as a marker for the site along with a proposed future “Barn Walk."  The materials, forms, and landscape of this project are meant to reinforce the agrarian heritage of the site while also introducing a contemporary design language. The project is a collaboration with SVA Architects, with Fernau & Hartman acting as the Design Architect.  

Barn Dining building, a 1916 horse stable which was subsequently turned into a dining hall with a performance stage in the 1950’s. Historical photo above, rendering below.
Ticketing tower that defines the east site entrance

Perspective from the stage, looking towards the rebuilt Barn Theater

Faculty/Staff Dining building, from perimeter of the site

Northwest site entry, looking towards Barn Dining, with Barn Theater at left and Faculty Staff Dining at right

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We're hiring - Come join our team!

Photo credit: Richard Barnes

Fernau + Hartman Architects is currently hiring for: Designer with 2-5 years experience

Our practice:

Fernau + Hartman Architects is an award-winning design firm with a highly collaborative practice. Our work combines a sensitivity to historical and vernacular buildings with formal architectural innovation, a special concern for landscape and interiors and great attention to material detailing and sustainable practices. Fernau + Hartman is committed to working at a variety of scales - from furniture and interiors, to residential, commercial and institutional buildings. We are a firm that emphasizes mentoring, and we are a fairly small close-knit office with an open, informal, studio work environment.

Find out more about our firm at

Qualifications and experience:

·      2-5 years of work experience in architecture
·      Detail-oriented with strong design skills
·      Excellent organizational and communication skills
·      Familiarity with Revit; fluency preferred
·      Collaborative team player who is willing to assist where needed
·      Thoughtful, attentive, and well-spoken in written and verbal communications
·      Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office
·      Sense of humor is a plus!

Please send cover letter, resume, and work samples via email to: