Bolinas Barn

Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and installation of the material were made possible by an intense collaborative effort of the entire project team. Negotiating the natural inconsistencies in the Chinquapin Oak for the finish work and seismic specifications required extensive planning and exacting craftsmanship. Salvaged redwood logs called “buckskins” were hand hewn for mortise and tenon joinery and used to support the trussed roof structure and decks. Our team of master craftsmen also tackled the challenge of carving precise trim features such as the siding, door casings, and railings yielding extraordinary results.

Architect: Bruce Tomb
Photographer: Theodor Rzad
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Barn hm 1” — lgajr44
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Open” — colorblock
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Uitkijk” — colorblock
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“post and beam mortise and tenon” — clayandlyn
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Nice” — brookmegan
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Ramen” — colorblock
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“overhang” — greengoat
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Bedroom” — colorblock
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Contractors” — lili2011
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“everything” — vanessamcbride
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“steps” — Kindred Kitchens and Baths
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“stairs-modern classic” — stevenvjames
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Architecture” — ksammar
Bolinas Barn
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Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. These structures were built with a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California, and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and...More
“Barn” — laurenklinkert
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