Cathy Schwabe Architecture
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Russian River Studio contemporary-landscape
 

Russian River Studio

South view from lower terrace. Photograph by David Wakely
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Lightlink Lighting wrote:
Hi, what is that small stone structure on the lower grade, Storage?
   Comment   September 15, 2013
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Hi-
Yes - and also doubles as a wine/food cellar - pantry.
Thanks for the question --
Cathy
September 16, 2013 at 8:29am        Thanked by Lightlink Lighting
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Great idea. Thank you.
September 16, 2013 at 10:25am   
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Refine Design wrote:
could i get the square footage and interior layout? - Love the design... just not sure if it is big enough for our future lake house and if it would be conducive to a sloped lot with a basement underneath...
   Comment   May 28, 2012
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Hi -
The building SF is 864 SF. The plan is essentially a large rectangle -- 24' x 36' with a bite taken out for the covered entry porch which is 12' x 5' - 4'. The spine along the back which is 7' - 6" wide ( 6' - 6" of usable width) contains a bath/laundry combo (8' -4" long inside dimension) and then a space that is 15' - 6" long ( inside dimension) which is used for a study + darkroom and will become a kitchen workroom at some point. Then the last piece of the spine is the alcove in the main room which is 10'-2" long ( ID). The bath + study/darkroom sit under a storage loft. I have had very preliminary conversations with other folks who were considering this as the starting point for a small cottage. We talked about making the work space behind the yellow doors the kitchen and conceiving of the study/darkroom space as a small bedroom --- I think it seems quite doable but would depend on the site -- and how you dealt with the at grade situation and how outdoor space was provided -- for one way of addressing something similar look at the Mendocino House on my site which is on a sloped lot and has a partial basement (840 SF, 2 BR) where a deck (which increases the footprint) is incorporated as well as and a front terrace. Interesting idea to think about -- where is your site?
Thanks,
Cathy
May 28, 2012 at 9:51am     
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Hi again - so I was thinking about this some more -- if I were going to make this into a dwelling unit rather than what is currently more of a work/live space - I would make use of the loft -- incorporate a stair and or ladder ( stair seems more comfortable) at the end of the study/dark room near the open alcove. By lowering the ceiling in the spaces under the loft one could get a pretty comfortable space that would be a sleeping space. Build in some storage for clothes... the bath/laundry seems fine as it is -- lower ceiling would be ok here if the sleeping loft continued over this space. The kitchen could go in what was left in the space behind the green door - leaving the space behind the yellow door as a small study if that were desirable and or as I suggested previously and then the balance of the under loft space could be a small guest room, a study, pantry/storage... I would also look at increasing the width of the building by at least 12" and give it to the spine rooms so that they are wider. Another idea is to build in a platform seat/bed in the alcove and sleep there -- during the day it is a daybed/sofa and at night the sleeping place -- and or a murphy bed idea... lots of options to consider. More food for thought.
Feel free to email me -- cschwabe@earthlink.net if you want to have a more direct conversation. Thanks, Cathy
May 28, 2012 at 10:23am     
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The couple has been working on the entire property for some time; this curved retaining wall creates a terrace between the cabin and the studio.
9. Carve out a private spot with a stone retaining wall. A single stone retaining wall is another option for those with a hill to contend. This works best with a gently sloping hillside; use a terraced-garden approach (such as the one in the previous photo) on steep hillsides instead.See more of this inviting studio

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