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450 architects - Sonoma Residence

The owners of this modest 2,300 square foot country home wanted to minimize their impact on the Earth and establish a lasting connection to nature. The project employed local craftsmen and used natural, recycled, locally sourced materials. The sunroom features an earthen mud floor made from the soil of the site! The house employs passive solar design concepts; the sunroom, situated at the center of the house, captures the warmth of the sun and radiates it throughout the living spaces. With sustainable building techniques, sensitive attention to the surrounding environment, and framed views of the exterior from every interior space, this house celebrates its site and connection to the land.

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October 3, 2014
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The cabinets were made with clear vertical grain doug fir. I believe the finish is OSMO clear water-borne satin finish. Feel free to call our office if we can be of any help (415) 546-0450 and ask for Richard Parker.
    Bookmark   December 17, 2014 at 3:47PM
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October 2, 2014
ilovelarry wrote:
what are the cabinets made of?
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The cabinets are made of vertical grain douglas fir.
    Bookmark   October 3, 2014 at 7:30AM
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Is it solid wood, or veneer.. it looks like 'glued up strips' --also wondering how you achieved the beautiful blonde color? Thankyou thank you!!
    Bookmark   October 3, 2014 at 9:21AM
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The tiles were hand selected by the clients over several years visiting different antique shops, etc. The finishes, textures, sizes (mostly 6x6) are all different - but I think a part of their charm!
    Bookmark   December 17, 2014 at 3:54PM
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Thank you so much. I think that the different textures, etc., ARE the main attraction here. What a wonderful idea.
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July 1, 2013
Risa Aratyr wrote:
who did the cabinets?
April 24, 2013
glendah wrote:
what is the counter top material

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All the furnishings are made by local Sonoma artisans. In the foreground here is a rough model of what would eventually be the kitchen island. "Before you pay to have someone make a custom table, it's wise to have a mockup to make sure it fits in the space the way they want it to," Parker says. "I really celebrate the part where I'm building mockups." The clients wanted the open cabinets so that their colorful kitchenware would become part of the decor, and to make it easier to grab things while they're cooking and entertaining. The concrete countertops are by Bohemian Stoneworks.
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Concrete countertops, wood cabinets and unique earth-toned tiles create a wonderful modern-rustic mashup in the kitchen. See the rest of this home
Tile. Tile can be one of the most cost-effective partial backsplash and counter materials. Line up your favorite tiles in a single row for instant kitchen character and a very functional partial backsplash. You can find all sorts of great tiles left over from bigger jobs at tile showrooms or stores — just call and ask. Even mismatched tile can create a big impact for little money.

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Could this work with blue or Mexican tile backsplash?
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Different color tile as backsplash. Simple, no border. Easy, too.
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back splash idea to work with.
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Kitchen backsplash
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douglas fir cabinets!
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concrete counters. placeholder for the island is a good idea. open shelving to bring color into the kitchen.
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A table/island in the kitchen.
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tiles, use in the half bath
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Behind sink tiles. Pich up one color for cou ters
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