A Sonoma Inspired Home for a Marin County Family

Architect Heidi Richardson Engineers a Modern Farmhouse Reminiscent of Wine Country

A Sonoma Inspired Home for a Marin County Family | Architecture by Heidi Richardson of Richardson Architects | Photography by Jeff Zaruba | Modern Sanctuary | Kitchen Inspiration | Contemporary Kitchen | Lighting Inspiration | Modern Lighting | Contemporary Dining Space
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Jeff Zaruba
03/29/2017

Sonoma County is famous for its rolling hills, breathtaking views and spectacular wineries.  Little wonder that a family of Midwest and Eastern transplants was attracted to its farmhouse architecture. This attraction led to design inspiration when the family undertook an extensive renovation of their Mill Valley home. Their goal? To recreate the feeling of being on vacation year round.

They enlisted Richardson Architects to complete the transformation of a small ranch house into their forever home that fit their informal lifestyle. Principal Heidi Richardson describes the magnitude of the project:

“In this renovation we nearly doubled the existing square footage of the home and added a second story. The addition dwarfed the existing courtyard; a feature which emphasized the family’s desire to have a relationship with the outdoors. As a result, we had to enlarge the interior courtyard in order to retain the pleasing proportions and appropriate scale.

“In an effort to capture a more relaxed living style, we flipped the lower floor plan to have the ‘great room’ at the the rear and more formal and entry spaces in the front.”

The relaxed aesthetic of the home starts with its unique exterior, highlighted with two paint colors, traditional eaves and wood door accents, and is carried throughout its rustic yet surprisingly contemporary interior spaces.

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“The main design centers the two-story home around a central courtyard that is easily accessed by swinging carriage doors.”

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Wall Color: Kitty Gray by Benjamin Moore

In the entry, reclaimed white oak floors provide a balance for the moody gray wall color.

“Relying on quiet tones of grays and neutrals, set against a backdrop of light wood floors, we added scale and intimacy to this now 4,000 square foot residence.” 

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Just off the entry, the library is a cozy place to curl up with a good book.

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Jeff Zaruba

 “The great room maximizes natural light with its generous vaulted ceilings. The dining and living room pieces were in the family, so we selected other items that would complement the existing pieces.” 

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Backsplash Tile: Waterworks

“We collaborated with the clients to use as many natural materials as possible. A lot of the wood is recycled and the rustic wood floors work well with the gray tones.”

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Door Paint: Yellow Hibiscus by Benjamin Moore

“A sunny yellow split horse door connects the laundry and mudroom. “  

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This bathroom reveals unexpected textures of weathered wood cabinets and mini chevron floor tiles.

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We pride ourselves on our ability to clearly define design objectives based upon the clients’ individual tastes and style. We then rely upon our expertise in terms of design and technology to find the best solutions.  Heidi Richardson

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Tile: Ann Sacks

The arch over the master bathtub is an unexpected touch of drama that also provides for ample storage of bath toys and toiletries.

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Lighting: Rejuvenation

“The clients’ goal was to create a space that allows them to have an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and lots of entertaining and for the overall feel to be calm, comfortable and relaxed, yet refined.”

Taking on a renovation of this size is not something that every homeowner has the vision or patience for. Working with a skilled architect is a must and this lucky family’s partnership with Heidi and her team helped them create a home that suits their lifestyle and dream of relaxed vacation comfort year round.

Meet the designer Heidi Richardson of Richardson Architects
Bio:

Heidi Richardson established Richardson Architects in 1984 after a seven year association with William Turnbull Associates of San Francisco, where she was involved in project design and management of both commercial and residential projects. In her own firm, projects have varied from modest residential remodels to large-scale commercial projects.

Heidi is involved in every phase of work at Richardson Architects, giving consistency and personal attention to every detail. The product of this attitude has been numerous awards in historic preservation, interiors, seismic renovations, and in the role of Project Architect for several associations with internationally known architects.

Heidi has served as juror for numerous magazine design awards, and as visiting critic and lecturer at the University of California, the University of Sydney, and the San Francisco Center for Architecture and Urban Studies. Heidi served seven years on the Planning Commission for the City of Mill Valley and consequently is very familiar with  how to best navigate the intricacies of the approval processes of local municipalities.

Her work has been published widely in Architectural Record, Architecture, House and Garden, Home, and Sunset Magazine among others.

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