ISSUE 27  |  Urban Outdoors

Architect Visit: Walker Warner Architects in Northern California

July 04, 2011 10:38 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

As high summer approaches, we're thinking about the appeal of outdoor rooms. San Francisco-based Walker Warner Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) is especially good at creating intimate outdoor spaces that encourage reading, working, lounging, and dining. Led by principals Brooks Walker and Greg Warner, the firm has completed projects in California wine country, Idaho, and Hawaii, with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living; to see more, go to Walker Warner Architects.

Above: At this Sonoma ranch, a U-shaped courtyard encourages indoor/outdoor flow.

Above: A protected dining space off the U-shaped courtyard.

Above: A sliding barn door opens to reveal a private reading nook. Landscape design by Stroudwater Design Group and William Peters; photography by Matthew Millman.

Above: In this 1951 William Wurster home, the floor plan was reconfigured to add additional windows overlooking the enclosed courtyard, enhancing the indoor/outdoor flow.

Above: A view from the courtyard entrance; landscape design by Lutsko Associates, photography by Matthew Millman.

Above: At this expansive California estate, a poolside pergola provides shade. Landscape design by Lutsko Associates; photography by John Sutton.

Above: A breezeway links the main house, garage, and offices and provides protection from the sun and afternoon winds in this farmhouse-style retreat. Landscape design by Scott Lewis; photography by Mark Darley.