Modernist architect Brandon Jorgensen chose red cedar and locally quarried stone to build a beautiful eco-friendly home in California’s Napa Valley.
Jorgensen designed the Oak Knoll Residence with the natural landscape in mind, using Western Red Cedar and locally quarried stone to create a warm, natural vibe. Inspired by the homeowner's love of Asian architecture, the house was designed to be functional and personal, expansive yet intimate.
Design highlights of the home include red cedar doors and thick stone exterior walls creating a sense of calm; large sliding glass doors giving the impression of space; and glazed partitions seamlessly connecting the interior to gardens and patios, including a pool with mesmerising views of the vineyards, valley and mountains.
Jorgensen has combined red cedar and stone to create a deliberate dichotomy of permanence and impermanence, cleverly distinguishing the stone main house from the cedar-panelled guest wing. The stone is sourced from the same quarry that supplied many old buildings throughout the valley.
The outdoor wall panels, made from a mix of locally quarried stone and red cedar, were chosen to blend into the building’s natural vineyard setting. A separate cedar-clad building contains the garage and guest bedrooms, creating peaceful separation between personal living and entertainment.
Leading supplier of premium red cedar for over 30 years, Cedar Sales has played a major role in the construction of several beautiful and innovative homes, supplying everything from cladding and joinery to exterior wall panels.
Cedar Sales’ promotion of Western Red Cedar underlines the company’s commitment to eco-friendly design solutions. Cedar supplied by Cedar Sales is PEFC, GreenTag and FSC Chain of Custody certified, and guaranteed to come from only sustainable and renewable sources.
Image: The Oak Knoll Residence