This former horse stable in Marin County, which was built beside the old Northwest Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s, was used as a guesthouse and garage until recently, when its water pipes burst, resulting in significant damage. Architect Heidi Richardson then stepped in to repair and elevate the historic barn. Today, it is wrapped in recycled redwood, some of which was reclaimed from the original structure.
In addition to shoring up the existing structure with flood proofing and seismic upgrades, Richardson reorganized the top floor into a 1,000-square-foot residence that is wrapped head-to-toe in wood. The flooring is white stained oak.
The redesign opened up the ceiling to reveal historic but damaged trusses, which were rehabilitated or replaced with Douglas fir depending on their degree of rot. The sofa and side tables below are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The desk chair is from McGuire.
Richardson centered the renovation on a space-efficient "service cube," an eco-wood box that houses a marble kitchen and a bathroom. The dining chairs are by Jens Risom.
All kitchen appliances are by Miele, save for a Liebherr refrigerator, concealed by eco-wood cladding. The bathroom is visible at the back corner of the service cube.
Two bedrooms flank a petite loft space, bringing the apartment's total sleeping spaces to three.
The stairs lead to a ground-floor garage. Hanging pendants from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. lend whimsy to the communal spaces.
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