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Architect Cathy Schwabe has designed the Russian River Studio in Forestville, California. The 864 square feet house is designed for a photographer and a writer as a multipurpose space for painting, drawing, writing, photography, creative dreaming, holiday meals, small workshops, and overflow guests. According to the architect, “this 864 SF building with porch and terraced extensions frames the top of the hill above a small existing dwelling.
Metal siding, used to better protect the shaded north side, wraps the east end of the house at the transition to the porch-covered entry and wood board-and-batten used on the rest of the walls. Large, colorful wall panels at the interior serve as accents for the otherwise white walls and open to reveal work spaces. The large, light-filled primary space, with polished concrete floors and a ceiling painted blue between exposed wood framing, adapts easily to the changing uses.”