A Whimsical Bath House for Family Gatherings at the Farm

Heidi Richardson Designs a Fun Space for Grandkids

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Jeff Zaruba
06/01/2017

As Summer approaches, I have been daydreaming about sunny summer days and the campground in southern Ohio my family used to regularly visit for long weekends, “roughing it” in our pop-up camper. Many American families have summer traditions tied to camping, outdoor activities and quality time with loved ones.

One large, extended Northern California family with a legacy of spending summers at the grandparents’ Point Reyes dairy farm envisioned a magical space for grandkids including tent platforms and a bath house loaded with character. Heidi Richardson of Richardson Architects describes the setting:

The bath house is designed to blend with the environment of the pastoral dairy farm. This small 260 square foot building embraces a fun, whimsical and practical character that evokes the rural quality of the property. The grandkids sleep in tents and play activities at ‘the camp’.”

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Jeff Zaruba

 “The biggest challenge was getting the proportions of the space just right and to maximize the tiny footprint. Other challenges included getting the scale of the windows and doors correct and choosing appropriate material. We maximized the footprint by adding height, opting for a pitched roof, which also helped maximize the natural light. In order to create a structure that would withstand the elements, we used non-corrosive and wear-resistant materials, including galvanized sheet metal, sealed board and batt siding.” 

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Jeff Zaruba

“We worked closely with the clients to design a structure that complemented the existing farm buildings. Originally, the design called for only a bath house with a small storage shed off the back. However, just before construction started, at the owners’ request, we added a 130 square foot bedroom.”

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Jeff Zaruba

A bright color palette, shiplap wall treatment and swinging doors all add to the farmhouse ambience of the space. Large windows flood the house with light and provide beautiful views of the surrounding farm.

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Jeff Zaruba

Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.  Darrell Hammond

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Jeff Zaruba

“The structure is sited amongst a cluster of farm buildings. The goal was to design a building that would provide welcoming and comfortable amenities for the nearby tent platforms/sleeping quarters.”

Squeeze the lemonade, slather on some sunscreen and imagine yourself relaxing at this gorgeous farm. Heidi and the Richardson Architects team have created the perfect summer family gathering space.

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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