A Closer Look: At Home on a Hilltop
Straddling a Sonoma ridge, this contemporary house is an edgy mix of weathered boards, corrugated metal, and a plan that invites outdoor living
Architect Obie Bowman employed the site-repair approach to siting this contemporary retirement home: The best spots on the site are reserved for picnicking and outdoor living, while the house and back porch nestle the hillside. A multi-purpose portal serves as garage, shed and workshop and includes a signature Bowman element overhead: a take-notice log lintel. It’s visitors’ first clue that the path to the Weber house leads to good design.
Read At Home on a Hilltop to learn more about Bowman’s approach to designing this house.
The path to the Weber house leads through a portal in a long, low building at the head of the driveway. The portal’s entry is topped with a massive redwood log, held aloft by a quartet of timber-framed brackets. It is a timeless expression of strength and longevity. A V-shaped gutter let into the top of the log channels runoff to the left. All photos: Charles Miller