Location: Petaluma, CA
Program: Multi-structure modernist family compound
Area: Main house 4430sf + 1010sf garage
Area: Guest house 836sf + 1812sf storage & garage
Images: James Leasure / MA+DS
General Contractor: Evenich Construction
Structural Engineer: KOC Engineering
Civil Engineer: DeBolt Civil Engineering

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Petaluma Pastoral

Petaluma Pastoral is an ongoing multi-phased endeavor for a happy returning client. Set on a picturesque rolling farmland of about 4.5 acres, two buildings have been completed so far, and a third is in the design phase.

The property entrance is marked by an amazing ‘rural modern” structure – The curvilinear swooping shape is the exterior wall for the 800 square foot guest house, which includes one bedroom, one bath, small kitchen, 1-car garage, and a music studio.

The irregular form, created from vertical cedar planking, was designed to complement the modern house further into the property, and to work as an identifiable landmark for the visitors.

The winding driveway leads past this structure to a beautiful, large modern home ahead (pictured left and below). The exterior materials are a gorgeous earth-toned palette combining golden cedar, light stucco, and dark galvanized metal (for the deck railings). The second floor has a full deck that wraps around the southern and eastern sides.

The design directive was for a space that would be as equally comfortable for entertaining as it is for living, featuring an open, modern design.

DNM Architecture designed the entry and primary living space on the second floor, maximizing wide, bucolic views. 

The ground floor of this modern home, the clients asked for a large (three cars) garage and a fully functioning (and fully private) apartment, and a large outdoor living space on the ground floor merges with the apartment’s outdoor space, which is tucked under and shaded by the deck above.