1997 Recycled Redwood Remodel in Northern California  

Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol

This project is something I could do a lot more of.
It's a remodel of a rather ordinary woodframe house (except for
some stone facades) built in the 70's on a beautiful site between apple orchards
and a wooded preserve. The house didn't do justice to the location.

The idea was to turn it into a timeless country home that makes sense
in its Northern California setting, using recycled redwood, river rock,
stained glass and generous use of local craftsmen.

The style was achieved with a consistent effort to have the visible details
have a hand-crafted look and never allowing manufactured or mass produced
components to reveal themselves. Recycled redwood was custom milled on site,
and never to the common lumber-yard dimensions of today.

The roof lines kick up at the eaves with an Oriental character and the ornate
copper finial above the meditation room is in the style of a Buddhist stupa,
touches that add a Bohemian flavor also appropriate to this area.

Beneath these surfaces is state of the art construction: Radiant heating, wiring
for electricity, phone, cable, computer, alarm, central audio...And state of the art
eco-friendly materials: Cotton insulation, plywood made with non-toxic glue,
wood finishes made from citrus oil and beeswax.

This style was the inspired vision of Cheryl McConnell, the client; and
Gus Acosta, designer/builder. It has some elements of craftsman style or
Greene and Greene influence. I was one of the many artisans who had the pleasure
of being a part of it. Most of us refer to this as "Vine Hill Style".

Jump to other pages:

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19
Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28
Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38
Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49
Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58

© 2014 John Oliver, General Contractor
California Contractor's License Number 380756
707 477 2891

1997 Building of Skatestreet in Ventura, California 1998 Monkey Forest Temple, Bali 1997 Recycled Redwood Estate in Nothern California 1998 Trek to Muktinath Nepal 1998 Stamped Concrete Driveway 1990 Building of Powell Skate Zone in Santa barbara, California
 Antique Doors Birth of the Gold Pyramid 1994 Yurt in Big Sur, California E Mail Hot tub
Links Site map