Collection by Jaime Gillin

IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse


After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. The house had good bones but it was "thermally challenged in both summer and winter," says architect Anni Tilt. Thanks to the addition of a new wrap of rigid insulation on the exterior, new windows throughout, a ventilated roof, and a new wing with shade overhangs, the house is transformed. "It now provides an entirely different level of comfort and performance—a quantum leap forward—which has transformed the way we use it," the owners report. Click through the slideshow to see how the architects and contractors turned the old and leaky structure into a model of energy-efficiency. All photos courtesy of Edward Caldwell (copyright 2011).

An exterior view of the renovated Healdsburg house, which the owners use as a weekend retreat.
Re-clad with rigid insulation and painted Hardie-board, and topped with a ventilated roof with deep overhangs, the old...
An arbor by artist Jordy Morgan marks the path to the house from the parking area.
The entry, mediating between the dominant volumes, is marked with red doors; the kitchen cupola is visible above.
The new, open kitchen is the heart of the renovation, with views of the garden in every direction.
The original rafters in the kitchen are exposed and topped with salvaged fir bleacher seating.
With exposed fir framing and clay plastered walls, the spacious dining room is the new social focus of the house.
Located off the dining room, the deep covered porch features an outdoor countertop and sink for washing vegetables on...
A live edge bench, harvested from the site, balances the carved door of the bathroom on the opposite end of the...
The "Zen-inspired" lower bathroom is designed with rich colors and textures.
The upstairs bathroom was fitted with a skylight over the shower, adding light and spaciousness to the small room.
The older Victorian portion of the home features windows installed from the exterior, so the historic interior molding...
Here's a floor plan of the IdeaGarden house.