Kuenster-Miers Residence

Once their three children completed college, architect George Miers and attorney Jenny Kuenster were confronted by a familiar dilemma – “downsizing” while maintaining a sense of “home” to which their children would willing wish to return – even when the parents weren’t there! A magical 3 acre property in Sonoma’s historic wine region presented itself and became the perfect solution. While the existing house was tired, the land was large enough to construct an intimate family compound focused on indoor/outdoor living and a large enough kitchen around which the entire family could gather for holidays and special events.

The resulting design integrated program and budget.

The existing 2,200-square-foot (204-square-meter) home was largely gutted with the living/dining area rebuilt over the existing foundation to reduce costs. A centrally located kitchen addition with commanding views of the property was then introduced as the primary family gathering place while the overall exterior was integrated into a modern, indoor-outdoor living space featuring warm cedar siding accented against light cement-plaster walls and large panes of sliding glass doors. The bedroom wing was kept largely intact with two bedrooms combined into one comfortable master suite and a reconfigured light-filled master bath opening onto a private rock garden.

Completing the “compound,” the old garage was converted into a guest house and a new three-car garage with an attached one-bedroom apartment was added along with a pool and pool house which together with the other outdoor living areas overlook a newly planted vineyard of Syrah and Roussanne.

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Sonoma, California

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