Santa Rosa, CA

June 22, 2018

Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse® was designed in Minnesota for a client in San Francisco, built in Oregon, and shipped to its Santa Rosa, CA site 90% complete. The client, an architect himself and Apple’s Senior Design Director, Real Estate and Development, was the project’s co-pilot with Geoffrey C. Warner, Alchemy’s principal architect. This small, ultra-minimal, high-end home is based on Alchemy’s weeHouse® but customized to meet the luxe finishing requirements the client requested.

The prefab house is composed of two minimalist open-sided boxes set on a concrete plinth nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks and an expansive view. Both structures feature steel frames, 9 ft. tall sliding glass walls set into custom corrugated weathering steel boxes and ipe interiors with oiled oak cabinetry. The boxes are offset on board-formed concrete plinths connected by a set of Alchemy-designed steel stairs and railings fabricated in Minnesota.

The 16 ft. x 40 ft., 640 SF primary box features a whitewashed oak bed box in the middle of the volume leaving a kitchen-dining-living room space on one side, and a bath space on the other. For shipping logistics, the primary box was composed of two modules, one being the 10 ft. x 40 ft. porch. This was bolted onto the main module onsite, and cantilevers into the site’s dramatic landscape.

The accompanying 330 SF guest house is an abridged version of the larger module with a large whitewashed oak wardrobe forming the bathroom wall.

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