This remarkable Japanese inspired homestead first came together when the original owner discovered her ideal weekender getaway in the 1970’s in a small, funky cabin among Sebastopol’s famous apple orchards and Redwood forests.
By the 1990’s, the property began an entirely new transformation with the contributions of Berkeley based architect, master carpenter and ordained Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe, who designed the spatial concept, landscape architect Ron Herman whose design is based on the abbot’s garden in the Fukuji temple in Kyoto, and classically trained Japanese rock master Shigeru Namba, who arranged seventy five tons of boulders in harmonious outcroppings among the gardens. A local woodworker/artist crafted the unique rounded timbers from fir trees from the land used throughout both structures.
Designed with the two auspicious Buddhist principles of south facing access, and the desirability of crossing a body of water before entering a dwelling, Discoe fashioned a unique watergarden concept that manifests in a harmonious entryway leading into a unique enclave of temple-like structures.
Discoe met the challenges of an open plan for the main house with reclaimed Redwood post and beam framing, including a stunning 20′ ornamental log, and folding steel doors with glass panels that, like shoji screens, fold away barriers to the outside.
Settled into the verdant slopes of apple orchards and Redwood forest, this unique holiday home in Sonoma is a refined and elegant collaboration of the ancient art of Japanese craftsmanship that celebrates its gentle aesthetics with Northern California’s timeless beauty.