dowling studios: westside road
 
dowling studios: westside road
feb 12, 2012

dowling studios: westside road

‘westside road’ by dowling studios, sonoma county, california image © matthew millman

blending into the surrounding wooded landscape, the ‘westside road’ residence san francisco and princeton-based dowling studios offers panoramic views of sonoma county’s russian river valley. the rural 22 acre site has been minimally disturbed, utilizing prefabricated and panelized framing system for custom site-built construction. positioned upon a knoll, the home was conceived as a wood slice, receding into the forest along the west, north and east sides of the structure. a covered patio and lap pool are placed between the living areas and the scenic valley below. to lay lightly upon the land, the internal program minimizes wasted circulation space, eliminating wasteful rooms such as entry foyers and walk-in closets.

facing south, the elongated facade maintains spectacular vistas while maximizing solar orientation. energy efficiency and sustainable methods within a limited budget were of top priority and were tested and implemented to their fullest extent. a large cantilevered overhang protecting the great room’s floor to ceiling perimeter windows allows passive cooling and heating without excessive solar gain. a concrete slab foundation provides additional thermal mass while insulated fiberglass skylights and rooftop solar photovoltaic system reduce energy needs. reclaimed wood flooring and low VOC paints were used on the interior.

dowling studios: westside road built into a knoll image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

back to back bedrooms image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

(left) entry walk (right) facade and material detail images © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

view through living room image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

(left) south veranda (right) outdoor dining area and lap pool images © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

kitchen image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

kitchen, dining and living area image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

living room image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

view from kitchen image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

dining table image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

(left) fireplace (right)  guest room images © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road bedroom

image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road bathroom

image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road

at dusk image © matthew millman

dowling studios: westside road site plan

dowling studios: westside road floor plan / level 0 1. entry 2. kitchen 3. dining 4. living 5. gas fireplace 6. master bedroom 7. master bathroom 8. den / guest room 9. bedroom 10. bedroom 11. bathroom 12. pool bath 13. laundry room 14. mechanical closet 15. pool patio 16. 76 foot lap pool

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