Houzz TV: See a Modern Family Farmhouse That Can Pick Up and Move
Winters, California — a rather oxymoronic town name for a region with 100-plus degree summers — is a lush farming town nestled in the Sacramento Valley. It’s a community with a rich history, since it’s been a farming region for many generations. “It’s not the gentleman or city farmers that pretend to move out to the country and farm,” says Bay Area architect Lewis Butler. “These are real farmers. They’re serious.” Butler is certainly familiar with farm life. His mother grew up on a Southern California farm where they grew citrus and avocados for many years. However, in 2005 the family had to close their farm due to the expansion of the bordering town of Escondido.
Butler and his family moved to Northern California, where they hoped to continue the tradition of farming in their family. After exploring the area, they purchased a 400-acre farm in Yolo County. This dynamic and progressive farming town was exactly what Butler’s parents were looking for. They bought three plots of land, and drove up on a regular basis to work on them. After a while, they got tired of their mobile home (which is actually slightly visible in a few of these photos), and asked Butler to help them create a modern, simple, and very practical space for them to continue to cultivate the land around them.