Lead Landscape Architect: Ron Lutsko Jr. and Andrea Kovol
This 4-acre site is located on the Napa Valley floor in the Rutherford wine region with the Mayacamas mountains to west and the Vacas mountains to the east. Vineyards flank the site, rooting it in the productive wine making culture that pervades in the valley. As the second residence for the clients, they wanted to embrace the ease and comfort of the Napa Valley lifestyle. Entertainment opportunities, recreation activities and water-wise plants that felt appropriate for the region were a must. The landscape architect worked in tandem with the architect to blur the line between interior and exterior, creating rooms of various scales and purpose. The sequencing of spaces and framing of views was also a major consideration for the design team. Connections to the surrounding agrarian landscape and native plant communities were also made. The site embodies many of the distinct characteristics that are unique to this region. The result is a project that subtly expresses a historical and cultural narrative about Napa Valley.