Dry Creek Compound

After exploring some initial design concepts with our team for a larger property in the area, our clients settled on a modestly sized site nestled on the banks of Dry Creek. The couple and their two young children are relocating to Healdsburg with dreams of a serene, modern cluster of agrarian structures – a home with a 2-car garage, a detached ADU, a guest suite, and a roof deck that captures focused views of distant hills. Strong connections to the natural splendors of the site, and the integration of landscape and architecture set the tone for our collaboration with MFLA, the design is “inspired by the design of parks and botanical gardens where landscaping is used to create different spaces that are revealed as you walk along the paths.”

The design carefully and gracefully sites a series of sliding vertical forms on the property, screening the abutting neighbors to the southeast, and opening towards the creek and surrounding grove, as well as inviting in views of vineyards and a sunflower patch. Each form acts as its own structure, connected by a series of covered and uncovered bridges that programmatically separate public and private spaces, while visually creating outdoor courtyards, interlacing architecture and landscape. The pool is nestled between the two main living wings and the creek, creating a protected, sunny, outdoor living space to enjoy year-round. The main dining area, separating the guest suite and office from the great room, opens completely onto courtyards on either side.

LOCATION Healdsburg, California

Landscape Architect: MFLA
Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: Munselle Civil Engineering