Grape School Residence Entry View
Grape School Dining Room
Entry Facing the Compound
The Water Tower
Grape School Entry Foyer
New Front Entry
Reimagined Living Room
Tower Lookout
The Kitchen
Kids Room
Front Entry
Main Bathroom



Project Information:

The Historic Grape School sits West of the iconic wine country town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County along a winding road passing through a seemingly endless landscape of vineyards.  The main house is an important historic structure which served as the original schoolhouse in Healdsburg dating back to the late 19th century.  

Kirley+ was hired by owners to help create a timeless family retreat for the San Francisco based family, but the first step was to help recreate a sound and livable home from a building that had endured decades of neglect and disrepair.  Like most historic projects, the surprises started early in the process and kept coming until the very end.  

Kirley+ worked with the owner to redesign the flow of the home which included a new centralized stairway and loft area connecting the first and second floors.  The water tower structure was secured to the home and redesigned to include a one of a kind two story bathroom, while a rear two story deck was removed to open up the backyard to the home.  Key points of entry and exit from the building were revamped leading to a more open and free flowing plan.  In the end, the home was stripped down to the studs, a new foundation was installed to over half the building and the deteriorating home was brought back to it's full glory.

The amazing interiors were crafted by Michner Azurdia, completely transforming the space through the use of bold materials, reclaimed ancient hand hewn beams, subtle textured lime wash walls, and the perfect mix of interior furnishings and styling.  

Project Team:

Kirley+ Partner-in-Charge:  Keith Kirley, AIA

Kirley+ Project Architect:  Nii Quao

Interior Design: Michner Azurdia

Contractor:  Arrow Construction & Remodeling

Photography:  Ian Hanson

Structural Engineering:  Julia Chen Inc.

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