When we were first approached by this client and asked to design a traditional home in the style of a 19th century french country chateau, we had our doubts. As contemporary designers, we were skeptical of attempts to emulate an historical period with our design. But as we learned more about our client’s desires for this home, we became intrigued. Masonry was important to the design because this family profession for generations was that of stone masonry. Yet, our client also wanted a full glass facade framing the spectacular views of California’s highest peak, Mount Shasta.
To comply with this mandate, Theimer designed a framework of four massive columns, with large fireplaces incorporated at either end. The roof is cantilevered, and its roof trusses rest on two ceiling beams on these columns with no further support. The columns consist of concrete masonry block with a wrapping of brick. “We used historical forms, but with contemporary technique,” Theimer says.
-Excerpt from an article in California Homes, written by Bibi Davis-
The result is one part contemporary, one part traditional, and one wholly satisfied client.
Photos ©2011 Steve Whittaker