Farmhouse Remodel Takes Advantage of Vineyard, Landscape Views

by Kacey Larsen

The remodel of a contemporary farmhouse set on 20 acres in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County in California’s wine country focused on embracing sweeping views of the surrounding vineyard and landscape. “One of the most important parts of the remodel was to vastly improve the quality of the windows and doors; the previous windows and doors minimized the views and were distracting, dated and not energy efficient,” says homeowner Steven S. “Amy (A. Alper, architect, AIA) and I wanted windows that were warm — but not commercial or industrial — yet with clean lines, built to last and Kolbe delivered. Working closely with Alper as the architect Kolbe crafted the home’s windows and patio doors to precise specifications including expansive, specially framed and custom mull configurations.

Blending traditional and modern, openness and privacy challenged Alper throughout the project as she sought to “capture and frame the 360 degree views around the house.” Substantially completed in April 2015, it incorporates Kolbe Ultra Series crank-out casements, crank-out awnings, picture windows, swinging patio doors and Garden-Aire sliding patio doors. “The views are key,” reiterates Alper. “The windows are all oversized. There are no divided lights as we didn’t want anything to interrupt the view.”


Project Details:

Vineyard Farmhouse, Trenton Road, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Architect: Amy A. Alper, AIA, Sonoma, Calif.

Builder: Earthtone Construction, Inc., Sebastopol, Calif.

Distributor: Boulder Ridge Sash and Door, Petaluma, Calif.

Window, door manufacturer: Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Col., Wausau, Wis.

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