For this active, entertaining, modern blended family, we set out to reimagine the classic farmhouse concept by combining traditional architectural forms with a contemporary open floor plan. The entertaining and family spaces as the heart of the project, are housed in the double-height ‘barn’ volumes, which connect at their base to a central communal courtyard and existing pool. Indoors is the outdoors, and the outdoors is indoors.
Set in the rolling hills of the Paso Robles wine region, the farmhouse grows from the roots of a multi-generational family farm and vineyard. To root the home in the landscape, we chose agrarian materials native to California – the ‘barns’ clad in western red cedar and corrugated CorTen roofing nod to the vernacular buildings found elsewhere on the property. These volumes are knit together with blocks of secondary program clad in charred wood siding inspired by an old grain mill in nearby Templeton, CA. And lastly, the modern white stucco of the cantilevered structures harkens back to the region's mission architecture.