This project plan will create a “Contemporary Homestead" where the ecology of the land is enhanced rather than diminished by the development of the site. The location of the site is rural Sonoma County between Railroad Avenue and Arnold Avenue, northeast of Sonoma Golf Club. The site is zoned RR. This zoning allows for the development of three buildings that we propose, which include a primary residence of 6,285 sq.ft, an accessory dwelling of 1,397 sq.ft. and a 2,960 sq.ft. barn. The overall project is designed at very high green building standards, well beyond minimal requirements. The project itself will be “net zero,” generating the same amount of energy that it uses. The two residences have been designed to “passive house” standards for optimal energy efficiency.
The landscape design will enhance the ecology of the land through organic soil building practices and by capturing storm water on site. Some of this storm water will be encouraged to percolate to subsoils, thus recharging the site groundwater, while overflow will be stored at the surface to be used during the summer for landscape irrigation. Trees and vegetation will be selected for either food production or for the enhancement of habitat for native species.