Creekside Cottage, Santa Rosa, Ca. Photo: Eric Rorer
Working with the timeless elements of architecture – space, light, texture, rhythm, proportion and clarity of detail – Amy A. Alper crafts projects that suit the distinctive needs, desires and budget of her clients. Sensitive analysis of site and environmental opportunities, together with an acquired understanding of her client’s lifestyle, shape each unique design.
Amy A. Alper is sole proprietor of her award-winning architectural practice, with nationally and internationally published work. Amy offers design and planning services for residential and commercial projects in the north San Francisco Bay region for clients from across the United States.
Amy’s work draws on career experience ranging from the modernism of the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities (with Richard Meier) to the contemporary regional style of the Carneros Inn (with William Rawn). Design excellence, personal service, value, integrity and collaboration are the hallmarks of her practice.
Creekside Cottage: New materials contrast with the old; reclaimed beams mediate between them, and visually echo the surrounding woods. Window walls showcase views to the swirling waters below. Photo: Eric Rorer
Sonoma Residence: This gut-remodel and addition transformed a stately home in downtown Sonoma. Photo: Paul Dyer
Sonoma Interiors: This condominium, built in the ‘80’s was out of date. The living space was opened to dramatic effect and rebalanced compositionally while walls were added to the open but poorly laid out lower level to create a new washing and bathing room and master closet. The project, replete with all new finishes, is unified with the color palatte yet the play of textures makes unique each delightful space. Photo: Eric Rorer
Farmhouse Modern: Asked to work within the kitchen space, the kitchen was designed to optimize the location of appliances relative to each other to give “breathing room” between the primary work area and the opening to the rest the house. This high/low approach to design earmarked for the focal point of the kitchen, a range in bright red. The cabinetry was the most economical of choices with Ikea. Using only a 24” width cabinet added a unifying rhythm to the galley kitchen. Photo: Kathryn Clark
Calistoga Modern Barnhouse: A new custom home overlooking a panoramic valley view
Calistoga Modern Barnhouse: This property, near Calistoga, offers expansive views. The surrounding terrain falls away quickly adding drama to the setting. Each of the spaces in the main house is designed to capture the panorama by means of the plan, which alternates between indoor and outdoor rooms.
Calistoga Modern Barnhouse: The view from the covered outdoor living room.
Calistoga Modern Barnhouse: The guest house is carefully sited so that like the main house all the rooms enjoy uninterrupted site lines.
Creekside Cottage: The new double-height living room addition wraps the original exterior of a 1920's Cottage. Weathered shingles and period windows remain - when open, kitchen and living room are connected. Photo: Eric Rorer