dwell – IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse

After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. The house had good bones but it was “thermally challenged in both summer and winter,” says architect Anni Tilt. Thanks to the addition of a new wrap of rigid insulation on the exterior, new windows throughout, a ventilated roof, and a new wing with shade overhangs, the house is transformed. “It now provides an entirely different level of comfort and performance—a quantum leap forward—which has transformed the way we use it,” the owners report. Photo by Edward Caldwell (copyright 2011).


Remodelista – Medlock Ames Tasting Room

Pristinely pruned vines and end-to-end limousines may be a trademark of Napa Valley, but neighboring Sonoma Valley is much more down to earth. So when Christopher Medlock James and Ames Morison of Medlock Ames purchased a century-old, local general store and saloon in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, they were intent on preserving the small-town vibe.


remodeling – IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse

The judges liked how the design team “extended the spaces of the house by making a complete wraparound veranda;” played with contrasting materials; and created warmth with a timbered ceiling. “The project is beautiful and appropriately furnished. They got the palette to make sense.”


dwell – Medlock Ames Tasting Room

When I was in Healdsburg checking out H2Hotel, I took a little detour to Medlock Ames‘ recently opened tasting room and bar, which is on the site and in the footprint of the century-old Alexander Valley Bar and Store, just north of downtown Healdsburg. Architect Luke Wade, builder Andy Bannister, and Medlock Ames’ general manager Kenneth Rochford showed me around. Photo by Joe Fletcher.