An architectural effort should never feel forced, impetuous, or ignorant of its surroundings. It should find influence within its chosen ecosystem, and strive to become an extension of the natural landscape, leaving no trace of its mission as an understated shelter. Orinda, California’s Faulkner Architects has chosen to respect the connection between the subtle and the natural, calling upon a bevy of rustic elements to define the pastoral home you see here.
Faulkner’s Glenn Ellen Big Barn is an exercise in undeniable comfort, calling upon the site’s preexisting Tack Barn as a primary source of inspiration for the larger, 3,900-square-foot living quarter. An asymmetrical, gabled roof serves to define the home’s two-story structure, which utilizes reclaimed Redwood and rustic Corten steel in its successful attempt to recreate the nostalgia of a ‘50s-inspired ranch dwelling. A cantilevered sleeping quarter, connected to the primary home by a bridge, provides denizens with adequate privacy. Inside, Faulkner’s Big Barn has been gifted with a handful of tasteful, decorative enhancements, thanks to the implementation of California Oak and black steel, a fireplace, chimney, recessed entryway, and full-height ventilation shutters, allowing for adequate temperature regulation throughout Northern California’s various seasons.