Originally conceived of as just a 500-square-foot box, a modest Northern California pool house in Sonoma got bigger after architect and owner Neal Schwartz started thinking about how to block views of neighboring properties—to focus instead on surrounding vineyards.
The solution? Schwartz, founding principal of San Francisco firm Schwartz and Architecture, added a tiny courtyard to the pool house to make the structure longer. Let’s take a look at what he did:
Above: The site plan shows the relationship of the pool house to the main house.
Above: When the pool house was extended, it gained a courtyard and a long hallway to connect the main space to the bathroom. Schwartz has turned the hallway into a gallery space. “To fit with the pool house theme, I ordered photographic prints of aquatic creatures online from a Russian marine biologist and amateur photographer,” Schwartz says. “When I contacted him about his images, he was on a dive in the Bering Straits.”