The property once housed a quirky structure built in the 1960s by the original owner, who lived on the property until his death at over 100 years of age. After considering a renovation, the owners decided that the structure could not be reimagined to fit a contemporary wine country lifestyle. The new 3,750-square-foot main house, with multiple butterfly roof lines, deep overhangs, expansive openings, clean lines and minimalist interior details, is decidedly contemporary, but rustic stone, warm stucco tones, and wood ceilings throughout keep it warm and inviting. The main house, which includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office, is accompanied by 1,217 square feet of terraces and a 640-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath guest house, separated from the detached garage by a covered breezeway. Beyond the garage lies an extensive vegetable garden and garden shed.

The house is built to form a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor spaces. Glass pocket doors in the main living area span a 32-foot opening, sliding back to connect with the main terrace and adjacent pond. The corner breakfast room, which overlooks the pool, is wrapped in on two sides with glass doors that pull back to open the dining room to the landscape. Several terraces step down the slope, creating an orchestrated journey between the site’s numerous buildings. The clean lines of contemporary design were deceptively complicated, entailing intricate planning to route HVAC ducting and equipment.

The Nordby team worked closely with structural engineers Johnson Debois & Forrest to come up with creative solutions on site, placing a four-zone split HVAC system within the tight attic spaces. The team also worked hand-in-hand with custom fabricators to craft precise connections between materials, many of which flow from the exterior to the interior, and execute custom details such as the fireplace mantel created from what were once stone fence posts. Precision detailing is the rule throughout the contemporary design, which utilizes tight reveals in place of door casings, window casings and baseboards. Within the great room, structural steel supports a large island with a marble waterfall countertop, and cabinetry was custom crafted by Henrybuilt.