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Gold Country heritage, designed for the '90s.

A TRIO OF METAL-roofed buildings with board-and-batten siding pays homage to simple houses that sprang up in the surrounding areas after gold was discovered at Sutter's Fort.

Juror Hood called this residence in California's Gold Country "th quintessential California ranch, with grapevine-covered porches with enough to be comfortable outdoor rooms."

Simon gave it his highest praise: "I love this house. Of all the entries, it's the one I'd most like to live in. It has an easy grace, and is totally lacking in pretense. It is worth noting that the architects live here."

The architect-owners worked within a tight budget. Their three-piece design allowed construction to be done in phases--building by building--thus distributing costs over a longer period. The finished project shows a sensitivity to the surroundings, breaking down 3,100 square feet into separate elements that seem less massive, and in scale with older structures in town.

It's also a place that never forgets the climate. Hot foothill summers are tempered by an orchard planted before building began, and by broad sheltering roofs on east, south, and west sides. Vines cover many of the verandas, blocking direct sun and creating a soft green light. Carefully placed windows--mostly openable--and use of shutters also keep buildings cool.

In winter when vines are leafless, strategic cutouts in roofs allow sun to penetrate to windows. The division of space into discrete structures permits the three areas to be heated separately; heat comes mostly from woodstoves.
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Title Annotation:1991-1992 Western Home Awards
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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