Smith House & Studio – Shasta County, CA
This fine modern two-bedroom home and studio/ garage is a year-round retreat located on the Sacramento River near Mount Shasta. It is designed to be very energy efficient and fireproof. Inside the two-story great room space, a window wall frames the beautiful river view. With walls and ceiling provide lively daylighting in the deeply forested site. Hardwood flooring, wood trim, and natural log column provide a touch of natural warmth along with a cheerful wood-burning stove for year-round cool evenings. The downstairs master suite is separated from the expansive great room and a second-floor loft/ bathroom accommodates family guests as well a the many hobbies of the owners.
The studio with garage below acts as a special place for guests. On the dramatic soaring deck cantilevered over the river embankment, one feels suspended in space amongst the forest. Downstairs is parking for the “local-mobile” workspace and the attached shed accommodates solar electric, emergency generator, fire sprinkler, and water system equipment.
the exterior materials of rusting corrugated steel, metal roofing, hardieplank siding, and local log columns are very fire resistant and selected to withstand the harsh winters with virtually no maintenance required. A large covered patio porch and cantilevered deck over the river invite outdoor entertaining and relaxing year-round. The covered front porch with log columns welcomes guests and provides protection from the elements.
The owners who live in southern California feel safe and snug in their mountain river retreat, and comfortable that it remains safe and protected when they are away.