On most rural properties, you are likely to find a collection of outbuildings that have gradually appeared over time. From the archetypal barn to the covered pen and hay shed, such buildings are part-and-parcel of country life, so it's probably not surprising to see they are also an architectural influence.
The traditional farm buildings on this equestrian property helped determine the look of the new farmhouse built on site. Designed by the late Ed Sohl of The Fifth Resource Group, the house was built to complement the style of a newly remodeled barn.
Sohl's partner, architect Jim Ford, says the owner wanted the house to look as if it was part of the original development. To this end, it features a similar material palette to the other remodeled farm buildings on the property. Field stone chimneys, cedar shingles, painted woodwork, and a composition shingle roof are all typical turn-of-the-century farmhouse features.
"Using similar materials gives the house a sense of connection to the estate," says Ford. "It also helps create a feeling of timelessness, which was an integral aspect of the design."
Ford says the house and a new pool house also reflect a Californian Craftsman influence reminiscent of the historic home of renowned horticulturalist Luther Burbank. High gables, cupolas, large porches, and small-paned windows all help to capture the essence of this style.
"The variety of textures introduced through the stone, shingles and roofing is also typical of this era," he says.