In California Wine Country, A Family Campground (Plus Lap Pool)

A former boss of the architect from San Francisco, Malcolm Davis, described the houses as “a few rooms in the event of rain”, stressing the connection of any structure to its environment. In 2015, Davis was fortunate to put his mentor’s saying into practice when he designed an off-grid home for a nature-loving family on 165 acres in Healdsburg, California. With just three rooms, almost no furniture and wood stoves for heat, “it’s sort of the simplest version of what a weekend home can be,” says Davis. We are going to take a look.

Photograph of Joe Fletcher, courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architecture.

A 30-inch Corten fence borders the backyard to prevent snakes from entering. A few low water lawns dot the property to function as & # 8
Above: A 30-inch Corten fence borders the backyard to prevent snakes from entering. A few low-water lawns dot the property to function as “campsites” on which visiting friends and family can pitch their tents.
Davis installed one of his essential industrial favorites - Stonco Vaportight Lights - as sconces flanking the entrance to the covered passage in the pool house.
Above: Davis installed an essential industrial favorite of his – Stonco Vaportight Lights – as sconces flanking the entrance to the covered passage in the pool house.
The interior spaces are spartan, intended to function as interior campsites. Rais wood stoves provide heat.
Above: The interior spaces are spartan, intended to function as interior campsites. Rais wood stoves provide heat.
The flooring is from Chilewich. The white lounge chair is the Taavi chair by Loll.
Above: The flooring is from Chilewich. The white lounge chair is the Taavi chair by Loll.
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Above: All the “interior” spaces – both an indoor / outdoor screened porch and the three entirely interior rooms – are lined with white birch plywood with a rotary cut.
The kitchen is on the screened porch and is made up of industrial restaurant components entirely off the shelf.
Above: The kitchen is on the screened porch and is entirely made up of standard industrial restaurant components.
The contractor Simon Fairweather built the frame of the screened porch in solid ipe wood. Although just a detail, said Davis, & # 8
Above: Entrepreneur Simon Fairweather built the frame for the screened porch in solid wood from Ipe. Although this is a simple detail, said Davis, “the entrepreneur’s precision makes it look clean and intentional.”
Davis exposed the standard wall frame in the bathroom, forming practical storage compartments above the sink. The color of the purple door on the left - which leads to the shower - was chosen by one of the customers & # 8
Above: Davis exposed the standard wall frame in the bathroom, forming practical storage compartments above the sink. The color of the purple door on the left – which leads to the shower – was chosen by one of the customers’ two daughters (each one could choose a door color).

“I love exposing the structure,” said Davis, “and telling the story of building something.”

The bathroom has a concrete floor and a galvanized sheet shower.
Above: The bathroom has a concrete floor and a galvanized sheet shower.
An outdoor shower in ipe wood.
Above: An outdoor shower in ipe wood.
Davis was inspired by the concrete ranches of the working ranches when designing the swimming pool; for more information, see Pool of the week: a rustic family campsite - with a swimming pool for swimming on Gardenista.
Above: Davis was inspired by the working ranch concrete drinkers when designing the pool for the long swim; for more information, see Pool of the week: a rustic family campsite – with a swimming pool for swimming on Gardenista.

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N.B .: This message is an update; the original story took place on May 17, 2017.

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