Calistoga Residence

Calistoga, California / United States of America

The 32 acre wooded hill site had a road improvement up to a partial plateau at the top of the hill. Both had been planned and executed for a residence which did not go forward with previous property owner. The site review process incorporated the desire to utilize the existing building pad, avoiding further disturbance to any mature plant materials or existing grades, to take advantage of the soft, natural contours on the top of the hill and to address and control the powerful south and west sun patterns, while taking advantage of unparalleled vistas. All these site forces quickly revealed the optimum sustainable design and layout of the house program and hierarchy of massing. 
The historical context of the area was one of mining and farming. A vocabulary of industrial vernacular seemed the appropriate model for both the use of sustainable exterior siding and roofing materials, with a High Solar Reflective Index, and forms that would lend themselves to passive ventilation, relieving rising heat by both cross ventilation and through a motorized clerestory in a roof monitor. Volumes are added, as if built over time, with window style and massing changing per function and spatial hierarchy.

Architect of record

Kathryn Quinn, AIA
Kathryn Quinn Architects, Ltd.
400 West Erie Street, Suite 503
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-337-4977
Fax: 312-337-6792

General contractor

Ryan Eames
Eames Construction
925 Lakeville, #167
Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
Phone: 707-227-8939

Consultant 1

John Ware
Ware Associates
130 Webster Street, Suite 105
Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Phone: 510-922-9888
Fax: 510-922-9624

Consultant 2

Ron Lutsko
Lutsko Associates
2815 S Eighteenth Street
San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Phone: 415-920-2800

Consultant 3

Arlene Semel
223 W. Erie St., Suite 7 NW
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-640-0000
Fax: 312-943-1234

Consultant 4

Chuck Clemons
Energy Calc Co.
45 Mitchell Blvd., #16
San Rafael, CA 94903, USA
Phone: 415-457-0990

Consultant 5

Tammy Martin
RAM Engineering
130 South Main St., Suite 201
Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Phone: 707-824-0266


Steve Hall
Hedrich Blessing Photographers
400 North Peoria
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312-491-1101
Fax: 312-543-9826