Boasting LEED Silver status, this stunning, cedar-clad courtyard home in Sonoma County is deeply tied to its natural surroundings.

Complemented by 5,600 square feet of outdoor space, the enclosed passage opens up to a central courtyard with a bocce court and a saltwater lap pool.

Situated in what was once known, according to native legend, as the Valley of the Moon, this stunning, contemporary home by San Francisco–based practice Butler Armsden Architects adopts the courtyard model popularized by the early architecture of the region, allowing this Sonoma County retreat to fully integrate into its environment and take advantage of the refuge provided by the valley. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher



The home is clad in Alaskan yellow cedar—a durable, low-maintenance wood that weathers over time to turn a light gray—in order to blend in with the gray bark of the oaks. The vertical siding on the one-story volume takes on the visual rhythm of the surrounding trees and grasses.

The home is clad in Alaskan yellow cedar—a durable, low-maintenance wood that weathers over time to turn a light gray—in order to blend in with the gray bark of the oaks. The vertical siding on the one-story volume takes on the visual rhythm of the surrounding trees and grasses. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

The three-acre site is located within a 37-acre parcel of dedicated open space, so the home is secluded in tranquil settings, surrounded by native oaks and redwoods.

A sliding wooden door marks the entrance to the interior courtyard of the home. The residence consists of three connected volumes of different heights wrapping around the center of the podium, and the spaces inside them carefully scaled: small enough for introspection, and large enough to take in the landscape.

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