McAdams Residence

Sonoma, California

The original owner/architect envisioned this home as a Palladian villa, complete with small, high windows and many interior columns.  The new owners worked with Taylor Lombardo Architects to masterfully simplify and update the design, while we worked on making the outdoor living spaces fit the topography and capitalize on the views all the way to San Francisco on the horizon.

An entertaining lawn and terrace with gently curved stone seatwall expands the usable space in front of the great room and outdoor dining terrace with fire place.  A small parterre garden with woven willow beds provides cooking herbs for the nearby kitchen as well as the outdoor grilling area and covered casual dining area.  A small detour off the stairs leading down to the pool terrace accesses the bocce court, nestled among native oaks and rock outcroppings.

In the private master bedroom garden, a stone screen wall grows out of the existing stone outcrop, and provides the backdrop for a water feature at the end of a small allee of Crabapples.  Beyond the wall, a grove of field-harvested Olive trees creates a beautiful back drop and provides privacy.


Architecture:  Taylor Lombardo Architects

Construction: Nordby Construction

Landscape Installation: Gardenworks, Inc.

Photography:  Eileen Roche Photography