Situated on the original building site, the Caretaker’s House was the first new construction on the Sonoma Vineyard’s 200-acre site.
Fastigiate Hornbeam windrows and Yew hedge baffles define axes and exterior rooms, while terraced vineyards slope away to surround the house. This agrarian language began here and established the larger project vocabulary.
A simple “farm” palette was developed of architectural rammed earth walls, dry-stacked stone site walls, and concrete, stone, and gravel walks and courtyards. The shaded hillside slope and entry terrace was established with a native understory and grove of Acer griseums, Paperbark Maples, and a series of Taxus baccata, Yew hedges that form a clipped “datum” measuring the cross slope. Sited for its sweeping views across the new vineyards, entry, and the Agricultural Building and courtyards, the home stands a sentinel.
Aidlin Darling Design
Cello & Maudru Contractors