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The House for Locavore Farmers is a major reworking of a Geyserville, Calif., residence.

House for locavore farmers, geyserville, calif.

House for locavore farmers, geyserville, calif.

  • The House for Locavore Farmers is a major reworking of a Geyserville, Calif., residence.

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    The House for Locavore Farmers is a major reworking of a Geyserville, Calif., residence.

  • The upper level floor plan, after renovation.

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    The upper level floor plan, after renovation.

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    The upper level floor plan, after renovation.

  • A section of the remodeled house.

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    A section of the remodeled house.

  • The project's site plan.

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    The project's site plan.

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    The project's site plan.

  • The house before renovation.

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    The house before renovation.

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    The house before renovation.

  • The home's new ipe porch captures mountain views.

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    The home's new ipe porch captures mountain views.

  • Ipe slats act as a sunscreen for the porch, which functions as an extension of the upper level's living space.

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    Ipe slats act as a sunscreen for the porch, which functions as an extension of the upper level's living space.

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    Ipe slats act as a sunscreen for the porch, which functions as an extension of the upper level's living space.

  • Rather than blocking sightlines, as the old porch had done, the new porch opens up previously inaccessible vistas.

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    Rather than blocking sightlines, as the old porch had done, the new porch opens up previously inaccessible vistas.

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    Rather than blocking sightlines, as the old porch had done, the new porch opens up previously inaccessible vistas.

  • Cooper Joseph Studio forged a greater connection between the home's lower and upper levels, creating a better flow for the interiors.

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    Cooper Joseph Studio forged a greater connection between the home's lower and upper levels, creating a better flow for the interiors.

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    Cooper Joseph Studio forged a greater connection between the home's lower and upper levels, creating a better flow for the interiors.

  • The lower level floor plan before renovation.

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    The lower level floor plan before renovation.

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    The lower level floor plan after renovation.

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    The lower level floor plan after renovation.

  • The upper level floor plan, before renovation.

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    The upper level floor plan, before renovation.

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    The upper level floor plan, before renovation.

house for locavore farmers, geyserville, calif.
cooper joseph studio
new york

The judges admired this dramatic transformation of a formerly generic house in northern California. “They didn’t just expand, they reworked it,” one juror said. Architects Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP, and Chris Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, removed the existing north façade and a porch that blocked sight lines, designing a new ipe porch to frame and highlight spectacular views. They also opted to open up the inside of the two-story house, cutting away chunks of wall and ceiling to create more dynamic volumes.

Sustainable strategies included installing a remote solar array, reusing demolition waste from the remodel elsewhere on the property, and remaking the landscaping to facilitate small-scale farming and beekeeping. Joseph also credits builder David Warner for his and his staff’s dedication to the project. “They brought a lot of craftsmanship, a lot of construction expertise,” she says.

 

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project credits

principals in charge/interior designers: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP, and Chris Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, Cooper Joseph Studio; architect of record: Heidi Richardson, Richardson Architects, Mill Valley, Calif.; general contractor: David Warner and Craig Smith, Redhorse Constructors, San Rafael, Calif.; structural engineer: Karen Tysinger, Tysinger & Associates, Novato, Calif.; landscape designer: Peter Jacobsen, Jacobsen Landscaping, Cloverdale, Calif.; project size: 2,200 square feet (after renovation); site size: 25 acres; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Elliott Kaufman Photography.


product details

bathroom fittings and fixtures/kitchen fittings: Kohler, www.kohler.com; countertops: Silestone, www.silestoneusa.com; dishwasher: Bosch, www.bosch.us; flooring tile: Nemo, www.nemotile.com; kitchen fixtures: Julien, www.julien.ca; lighting fixtures: Artemide, www.artemide.us, Bega, www.bega-us.com, Delray, delraylighting.com, Rambusch, www.rambusch.com; range: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero-wolf.com