Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, this modern family home in Windsor, California is built on a a 20-acre plot in the Russian River Valley, known as Retrospect Vineyards. The client’s brief requested a project that would function both as a welcoming family home and as a working vineyard: “Equipment and materials for the vineyard are stored in the adjacent barn, clad in the same Windsor Stone as the main house, and a large parking pad accommodates trucks picking up new harvests. A second driveway separates the commercial activity from the residential, but traffic to and from the barn passes in front of the main house”, explained the architects.

This family residence was designed in a T-shaped plan, with a relatively opaque north facade and an open, almost fully glazed south wall: “The plan of the house meets family living needs, with public or shared areas on the ground floor and bedrooms above. A master bedroom is separated from the children’s rooms by a bridge spanning the great room” The bottom floor accommodates the kitchen and home office area. A double-height living room with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall is the social core of the house. [Photography: Russell Abraham; Landscape arcjitecture by Bernard Trainor & Associates]