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Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse in Santa Rosa, California


This is Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse in Santa Rosa, California.

The 640 sq. ft. home was built for Apple’s Director of Store Design and was recently awarded the Honors Award by AIA MN.

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Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse in Santa Rosa, California

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From Alchemy: 

Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse was designed in Minnesota for a client in San Francisco, built in Oregon, and shipped to its Santa Rosa, CA site 90% complete. The client, an architect himself and Apple’s Director of Store Design, was the project’s co-pilot with weeHouse founder Geoffrey Warner, Alchemy’s principal architect. This small, ultra-minimal, high-end home is based on Alchemy’s weeHouse but customized to meet the luxe finishing requirements the client requested. The prefab house is composed of two minimalist open-sided boxes set on a concrete plinth nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks and an expansive view. Both structures feature steel frames, 9 ft. tall sliding glass walls set into custom corrugated weathering steel boxes and ipe interiors with oiled oak cabinetry. The boxes are offset on board-formed concrete plinths connected by a set of Alchemy-designed steel stairs and railings fabricated in Minnesota.

The 16 ft. x 40 ft., 640 SF primary box features whitewashed oak bed box in the middle of the volume, creates a kitchen-dining-living room space on one side, and a bath space on the other side. For shipping logistics, the primary box was composed of two modules, with the 10 ft. x 40 ft. porch porch arriving 90% complete, bolted onto the main module onsite, and cantilevered into the site’s dramatic landscape.

The accompanying 330 SF guest house is an abridged version of the larger module with a large whitewashed oak wardrobe forming the bathroom wall.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • Holly G Clift November 25, 2016, 1:40 pm

    i like very much

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:28 am

      Me too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Gabriella November 25, 2016, 3:57 pm

    When the Architecture is expressed at a higher level of living beyond, which there is nothing left, it then passes from conventional living to ideal live. Landscape nature that lives in the human everyday replacing oppressive walls or unnecessary things.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:29 am

      🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • louise hray November 25, 2016, 5:45 pm

    Simply beautiful. When can I move in????

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:29 am

      I know! Great spot. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Michael November 25, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Its my style but expensive for sure. I like it a lot.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:30 am

      Yes when I saw “Apple” I was pretty certain it’d be pricey 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • oxide November 25, 2016, 7:45 pm

    I love the minimalist look! Very clean. My only issue is that a peeping could look right into the guest house bath and see *everything.* The exposed toilet might work if the window was facing over the edge of a cliff but otherwise no thanks.

    • Anthonie November 26, 2016, 12:17 am

      I would bet that it sits in the middle of MANY, many acres and is inaccessible to any wanderers LOL

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:31 am

        I do think it’s on enough land to make it unlikely, but I am always wary of peepers, too haha — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm November 26, 2016, 1:59 am

    Very cool. The way it is cantilevered makes it for me.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:31 am

      Awesome feature. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ROSEE November 28, 2016, 10:04 am

    Sorry! Not my style. The only thing I liked was the surrounding land around this TH. Too bad!

  • jm November 28, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Wait. Let’s take a poll. Who wants the peepers and who doesn’t?

  • Lantz December 1, 2016, 8:58 pm

    My first thought was an accordion laying on its side. This style would be great for parks and recreation areas. Pull open to enjoy the weather at gatherings and shut when the weather turns bad or it’s time to close.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 2, 2016, 8:40 am

      Great idea Lantz! — Tiny House Talk Team

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