The architecture was created for a woman who had owned this property in Paso Robles, California for over 25 years. The area of Fox Hollow is as follows 4,357 sq. ft. living space with service garage 795, sq.ft., truck garage at 418 sq. ft., and guest garage at 629 sq. ft. My client raises warmblood horses and has around 16 at this time. They are entered in many horse shows and are sometimes flown to Europe to compete. The home took 5 years to design and construct and integrates as apart of a tree covered knoll. The overall site is 320 acres on the west side of Paso Robles. The home was photographed last summer as we waited a year for the landscape to mature, the home was completed in 2014. The architecture is designed, integrated and woven around 3 multi-trunked oak trees with views of over 270 degrees. Major overhangs cantilever 25' to 75' and embrace the existing landscape in so many ways. The structure is basically a post and beam structure created in steel. Steel I beams were used for the roof and weigh 227lbs per lineal foot and are around 2'-4" deep all welded in place. The roof is concrete because the winds can reach up to 85 mph and we needed the weight to protect the overhangs. All leaded designed doors and windows are by the architect.
My collaborators are as follows: Robert Wright, Interior Designer, McCormick and Wright, John Durant, Architectural Photographer, SDSE Structural Engineers, Melissa Kroskey Structural Engineer, Landscape Architect, Greg Stone, Michel Cam,General Contractor. All photo credits belong to John Durant, Architectural Photographer. Manufacturer and Suppliers are per the General Contractor. Michel has retired and lives in redwood country of Northern California and I do not know if I can get those names for you.
All design work is done by hand and only by me. Starting with a program given to me by my client a floor plan is created, delineated and drafted. After approval I create a model starting with a partial site at 1/8"=1'-0" showing grades, as I sit the approved floor plan into the partial site. I start to create a model not knowing what the architecture will look like until the model is finished as I study each space individually and what it should feel like. After 4 to 8 months the model is finished and I meet with my clients to review and have it approved. After approval we scale everything off the model and create the working drawings. It then goes to the engineer for structural calculations and finally out to the site to build the architecture with the working drawings. This process of mine has been going on since 1975. I do not believe in using computer generated design because the program uses many thoughts by many people and is not original enough for this architect. I must have pencil to paper, using my thoughts only. We have gone back to hand drafting as well, I have noticed that many architects cannot draw anymore something that has taken me years to learn, so very important.