Home Office at Moss Rock Residence Provides Idyllic Retreat in California Wine Country

SWATT + PARTNERS was asked by the new owners of a home that the firm had previously completed to design a new home office structure, remote from the main house. The original home was an award-winning ‘off the grid’ 2-story structure on a beautiful 9-acre rural site, overlooking a dense forest of Douglas fir madrone and oak trees in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley.

The new home office structure is placed west of the main house, partially above a narrow level pad, and partially over a steep decline. Supported by two cast-in-place concrete core elements, the new structure is a crisp wood-framed glass box that hovers just above the flat portion while it soars above the down-sloping topography on the south- west corner of the building. The floating floor and roof planes are clad in Western Red Cedar horizontal boards. Apart from the concrete vertical elements, all walls are constructed of floor-to-ceiling glass.

The project also includes beautiful new landscape improvements, including a new infinity edge pool, a new spa located down the hillside to the north-west, decks, terraces and multiple rustic water features. Taken together, the new home office and landscaping, combined with the original house, form an idyllic compound of beautiful architecture set in a spectacular garden environment in the Northern California wine country.

Architecture: SWATT + PARTNERS

Landscape Design:
Ground Studio Landscape Architecture

Photography by Jason Liske


SWATT + PARTNERS is an award-winning architectural firm – with a special focus on creating unique, one-of-a-kind custom homes, carefully tailored to their sites and to the dreams of homeowners. Robert Swatt, FAIA, with partners Miya Muraki, AIA, and Phoebe Wong-Oliveros, AIA, along with a talented team of architects and designers, bring a wide range of experience to SWATT + PARTNERS. The entire team provides the highest level of design and management for each project.

Robert Swatt opened his first firm 49 years ago, and since then, SWATT + PARTNERS has designed over 200 residential projects, including 150 custom homes, of which over 125 have been built. The team has worked on unique and challenging sites throughout California, and in Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii, Canada, India, and Mallorca, Spain. In addition to being featured in publications worldwide, the firm been honored with over 95 prestigious local, national and international awards, including the national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.