ISSUE 48  |  California Dreaming

Architect Visit: Net-Zero Getaway Ranch in Northern California

December 01, 2014 2:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

In the Northern California county known as the birthplace of America’s open space movement, a net-zero cluster of buildings on a knoll celebrates the views. Sausalito-based architects Turnbull Griffin Haesloop built a getaway ranch for a family in the rolling hills of West Marin:

Photographs by David Wakely courtesy of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: A model of sustainable design, the ranch has a rainwater capture system (for flushing toilets), reclaimed wood floors, and high R-value insulation.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: Stainless steel sunshades protect windows against solar heat.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: The landscape architects, SWA Group, chose native plants and drought-resistant perennial grasses to complement the compound.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: A cluster of buildings was sited to create a central courtyard, protected from wind, that has a view of nearby Mount Tamalpais.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: An extended family uses the ranch as a gathering place for holidays.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: A plunge pool and hot tub were sited for sun and wind protection.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: A living/dining space with reclaimed wood floors is big enough to accommodate gatherings of 16 people.

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this net-zero getaway in Marin CountyAbove: Built of western red cedar, the house has a corrugated zinc roof.

For more about the legacy of Marin County’s open space movement, see: