Homes that are truly designed around a lifestyle, meaningful theme or significant concept can have an aura about them. Characteristics strong enough to show through photographs, some houses can make you feel a certain vibe.
Designed for a musician that comes from a family rich in music appreciation, this Californian home certainly has its own sound.
This stylish and modern guesthouse was a barn renovation project orchestrated by the architectural firm Walker Workshop Design Build. Called the Oak Pass Road Guesthouse, it was designed around a barn that was built in the 1940’s.
Music blended with architecture was the central construction theme for the violinist client. The main function of the renovated portion was inspired by one thing – sound. The vision for the space ties in the architectural importance of structures that have optimal sound quality for musicians.
The sound capabilities were left up to the shape of the space, and not dependent on any special acoustical elements. The homeowner stated that in his experience, rectangular rooms are capable of producing the best sound for live performances.
He wanted to incorporate specific features into the home which included a zone for quiet and in-depth listening to be able to focus on music. Also of importance was an area for playing instruments that could accommodate a group of onlookers.
The living room was decidedly turned into a multifunction room which doubles as a concert hall.
The room can seat an audience of about 80, and clever storage underneath the floor can keep supplies like chairs and instruments out of the way when not needed.
Underneath the stairs, creatively concealed refrigeration and freezer cabinets keep snacks and drinks on hand.
Simple but gorgeous accent features decorate the home, like the South African art pieces hanging gracefully in the main concert room. Large windows throughout showcase the outdoors, and full wall glass doors can be slid out of the way to further connect to the scenic views and let in fresh air.
Walnut trees and approximately 125 coast live oaks, which are protected under the area’s conservation regulations, are scattered along the acreage. One tree on the property actually influenced the floor plan of the construction.
The blueprints for the foundation reportedly swayed from the original when consideration for an existing eucalyptus tree crept up. Deciding not to remove the tree, the foundation was rerouted and moved over in order not to disrupt the tree. It is now an endearing feature off the backyard deck.
The top of a hill, surrounded by woods and striking tall trees is the perfect secluded spot for relaxing or filling the air with music.
All photographs are the property of Walker Workshop Design Build.
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