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West Dry Creek Residence in California wine country

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West Dry Creek Residence is situated on a 40-acre vineyard site in Healdsburg, California, designed by Nick Noyes Architecture. The wine country home is a spacious yet simple perfect getaway for a San Francisco family of four. The residence offers a design that blends natural materials with plenty of sunshine in a warm yet minimalist environment. The 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home is composed of two iconic copper-roofed gabled wings that are connected at the entry by an aluminum storefront system and a sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the site. Interior walls of southern yellow pine plywood and whitewashed southern yellow pine floors were handpicked from the client’s family lumber mill in the southeast.

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Simple Shaker cabinets, Caesarstone countertops and Ann Sacks backsplash tiles complement the home’s classic and laid-back look.

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The same yellow pine plywood runs through the home’s bedrooms, giving the upstairs spaces a warm glow. Each piece of plywood was carefully chosen from the family’s factory and treated with a clear, matte sealer for subtle protection.

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Even in closets, the plywood contrasts with the high-gloss white ceiling, beams and built-ins.

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Aluminum storefront doors lead to this sunscreen, which shields the hallway from harsh sunlight. This side passage also leads to the bedroom wing. The architect had the sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the vineyard.

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Passive solar techniques help keep the open home comfortable during weather extremes. Overhangs and a trellis on the southern side of the house shade the living room in summer, and plenty of windows bring in the breeze.

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Although the home seems relatively isolated, it was built in close proximity to a family compound on the property, so the owners can visit with other family members when they stay here.

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Photos: Cesar Rubio

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