Russian River StudioContemporary Exterior, San Francisco
View from Terrace.
Cathy Schwabe Architecture.
Photograph by David Wakely
What Houzz contributors are saying:
8. Photographer David Wakely and writer Sharon Smith loved their small cabin on a hillside near the Russian River in Sonoma County, but wanted more space for guests and creative work. They hired architect Cathy Schwabe to help them expand. The solution was a second cabin inspired by the barns in the region.
Get prepared to pressure wash. If you own your home and plan to use a pressure washer at least once each year, it could be worth it to buy your own. They are not cheap … but they are not cheap to rent, either. If you cannot reach the upper floors of your home on a ladder, consider hiring a pro to do the job. If you are doing it yourself, follow these steps:Soap or no soap? Water alone is enough to get most exteriors clean. If you have mold or mildew, use a specialty house cleaner designed to kill mildew in the pressure washer’s detergent compartment.Choose the right nozzle. Pressure washer nozzles are measured in degrees — those that shoot water in a very narrow area have the strongest spray (zero is the strongest) and should be used very cautiously. For most homes a nozzle with a 40-degree spray should suffice, so start there and work your way down to a 25-degree nozzle if necessary.Secure windows, doors and pets. Make sure dogs (who could be curious about the spray) and children are inside, and close all the windows and doors before getting started. Also put on a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from dirt and debris.
Cathy Schwabe designed this versatile cabin in Northern California to serve as a photography studio, a spot for writers' retreats and a dining room (indoors or out) for large gatherings of family and friends.
Schwabe nestled the studio into the hillside above the existing two-bedroom cabin. "I was inspired by many things, but the exterior's form was inspired by local Sonoma barns because of their simplicity and practicality," says Schwabe. The studio's small size means a reduced carbon footprint, and Schwabe sited and shaped it to make the most of natural light and ventilation.
Some designs incorporate the vernacular in both form and materials, as exemplified by these final two examples. The regional modernism of Northern California may embrace flat roofs and stucco walls, but this small studio is covered in wood siding and capped by a sloping roof.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
I’m partial to this style. Stack this on top of the bottom blow-out floor. That’s a hella good roof for solar panels as well. The slope of the roof is aimed in the correct direction for the sun, too. Bet you $20 there is a barn door involved in this house