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Modern Farmhouse

Healdsburg, California

Water is the driving force behind the organization of the exterior spaces for this modern farmhouse, developed with Gary Ratway of Integrated Designs in Albion, CA and Locus Architects of San Francisco. A clearly expressed desire by the owner to mask the drone of distant road noise and a relatively limited budget lead to the integration of water vessels as retaining elements that shape space, create useable terraces and link the residence to the guest house, swimming pool and the landscape beyond. P.I.S.E. was employed as a cost effective methodology, allowing us to first form the land and then apply the mixture of earthen concrete through high pressure hoses. The end result is a dramatic, stair stepping water garden that effectively meets its goals. With the primary earth work and circulation achieved during home construction, planting, lighting and other garden elements can be developed more leisurely as time and money permits.

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