Project Description

London Ranch Modern, Fire Rebuild, Glen Ellen

Our clients’ home, tucked into the beautiful redwoods in Glen Ellen was, sadly, burnt to the ground in the late 2017 Tubbs fire. This wildfire devastated so much of Sonoma County and for these home owners, the loss, sorrow and questions about how to move forward were overwhelming. Some of the trees were damaged and had to be removed, but many were saved and the sisters wanted to rebuild around the existing redwoods with a more modern and family friendly design.

SOLUTION

Stately Construction listened to what our clients wanted for their new home design and created a concept they loved, which also included some sentimental features of the original home. Once the drawings were completed, we worked with our clients to navigate the County’s complex post wildfire clean up requirements, soils testing and engineering to get the site clean and prepped for the rebuild. All County codes for new home builds were incorporated into the design using materials mitigating any future damage from wildfires for this magnificent home, after all, one loss is enough for a lifetime.

CHALLENGES

The site was located in a rural area and on a steep hillside. A massive, 21 foot high, cement retaining wall was constructed as the lynchpin of the foundation for the new home.

RESULTS

Wildfire rebuilds are especially emotional and Stately Construction takes pride in supporting our clients though all the phases of rebuilding, from site cleanup to design, constructing to finishing to turn a beautiful concept into reality.

“We had the pleasure of working with Stately Construction to design and build our new home in Glen Ellen after the Tubbs fire. Chris and his team came highly recommend from our realtor. We appreciated being able to have the design and construction done by the same company. Chris was great about meeting with us regularly to get feedback on the proposed designs and was also onsite as the project progressed. We wanted a modern home and Chris did not disappoint! We love the innovative touches that were worked in throughout. Chris was extremely diligent about fire safety, ensuring that every code upgrade was completed thoroughly and even recommending extra precautions such as a metal roof and concrete decks. The estimated construction timeline was one year, and Stately Construction adhered to it. Chris gave the construction his full attention and had a crew onsite every day. We appreciated the opportunity to work with Chris and his team.”
— Rita and Virginia Nido

Project Gallery

For a closeup view, click on any image below to launch the light box slideshow.

Finished Front of Fire Rebuild House
Back of House at dusk
Master Bath
Living Room
Kitchen

Shown below are the remains of the original home after the fire. Then you’ll see aftermath clean up of the site, as well as construction of the new home.

Demolition
Waddles along hillside to protect from erosion
Foundation footing along hillside
Foundation flooring
Frame out nearly complete
Vertical walls go in