Santa Cruz Straw Bale HouseRustic Dining Room, San Francisco

The spacious, naturally ventilated 2-story dining space is accentuated with the natural branching of a madrone tree.


Design ideas for a mid-sized country open plan dining in San Francisco with white walls and concrete floors. —  Houzz
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Rebecca Naughtin Architect added this to Building Near Trees? Read This First21 September 2016

If you absolutely want to ensure that your tree is not damaged during the construction process, bonds can in fact be placed on trees and are in some cases required by councils. This is a way to ensure that no damage occurs to your trees. In all cases it is best to consult experts in the field when dealing with trees in or around your property to ensure you, your architect, arborist and builder all have the same intentions of retaining your trees and potentially incorporating them into the design process.YOUR SAYHave you a tree tale to share? Tell us about it in the Comments.MORERead more renovation planning tips

Joanna Tovia added this to Tree in Your Way? Don't Cut It Down Just Yet3 August 2014

Eco-friendly additionThis tree’s curves add organic style to a welcoming strawbale home. Arkin Tilt Architects left the trunk’s raw beauty well alone, and simply secured the column at the top and bottom after the home’s slab was poured. The trunk of the tree stops at the ceiling of the first floor, but extensive branching was left to fill the two-storey space above the dining table.“We felt that it would demarcate the living space from the dining nicely,” says architect David Arkin. “Remarkably, just as the project was nearing the point where the tree would be required, a madrone tree fell at the property of some friends of our client. With some help from the builders, the fallen tree was minimally trimmed and gently transported to the site wrapped in blankets.”

What Houzzers are commenting on:

ID12Fall2020MelodyPalmer added this to 3.Straw Bale31 August 2020

2. Inspiration I like the island and detail around the kitchen made of straw bale.

Kim Koury added this to lake house idea board26 July 2020

Color of cabinets for the accent color

Mark Kot added this to General Lake House Ideas23 July 2020

Warm wood elements throughout to make a cabin feel

Nick Newman added this to The Moore House12 April 2019

Raw but refined, honest materials

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