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Soda Canyon – Napa Valley, CA


Located high on the side of Soda Canyon that branches off the Napa Valley, the residence seamlessly blends into its setting. From the beginning, the clients wanted the look of an older home that had been completely renovated inside.

The main house occupies one of the last available ridge top sites in Napa Valley with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay to the south, and the length and breadth of the Napa Valley. The home is deliberately set back from the edges, giving the dramatic site the important foreground it needs to claim its place in the rugged terrain.

“The house is only one room deep, a design decision that fills the interior spaces with natural light and provides contrasting glimpses of sky, craggy mountains, and the endless green of the valley floor.” —Carol Mithers, Architectural Digest

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This project was executed by Richard Beard while he was a principal or senior vice-president at BAR Architects (Backen, Arrigoni and Ross).