Modern Minimalist

Winner of the AIA Redwood Empire 2018 Design Awards in the Residential Design – Built category.


Winner of a Merit Award, 2016 AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential Design Awards.

Initially, extensive demolition of existing structures involved the careful removal of all materials for subsequent recycling and re-use. Just the lumber from the house, pole barn and garage filled three trailers and was trucked to Mexico where it was donated for re-use. Cabinets, appliances, windows, doors, etc., were donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and were readily sold to benefit the organization. All of this cleared the way for this modern, minimalist-styled residence with horizontal tongue-and-groove cedar siding, large expanses of glazing and 1,500 square feet of living roof. Electricity needs are supplied via 1,800 square feet of photovoltaic panels for a net-zero goal. A guesthouse, pool house, garage and lap pool with a 6-ton dive rock completed the project.

Photography copyright Matthew Millman.

Project Team

  • Location:
    Glen Ellen, CA
  • Size:
    3,700 sf
  • JMA Project Manager:
    Tom LaVanway
  • JMA Superintendent:
    Tom Monroe
  • Architecture:
    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
  • Interior Design:
    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
  • Arborist and Horticulturist:
    John C. Meserve
  • Mechanical Engineering:
    Meline Engineering
  • Soils Engineering:
    Bauer Associates
  • Landscape Architecture:
    SWA Group
  • Civil Engineering:
    Adobe Associates, Inc.