2022 Wine Country Residential Interior Design Award: HommeboysAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Designed and built from the ground up by Hommeboys—the Sonoma-based firm of Austin Carrier and Alex Mutter-Rottmayer and James Rottmayer of Rottmayer Design + Build—this extraordinary new home set on 15 private acres in Sonoma brings a matchless sense of comfort and well-being to Wine Country living. “This house embodies our aesthetic of clean and modern architecture combined with natural elements and a twist of pop and whimsy,” says firm co-founder Austin Carrier. “We love things to feel warm and cozy and to make each room’s interiors match its purpose.”
Rooted in the language of materials under a standing seam metal roof that echoes the area’s farm buildings, the home is sited gently on the slope of a hill overlooking Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon. In the best Northern California tradition, the Hommeboys team curated a comprehensive, uniform palette of materials, creating an enviably serene environment and an effortless, indoor/outdoor vibe. “The materials ground the interiors in nature and when the doors open up, they allow the space to seamlessly flow to the outside,” says Carrier.
On two levels with three bedroom suites and two half baths, construction was completed in 2021 and is completely CALGreen/WUI compliant, plus most of the infrastructure—like power lines—is underground. It’s a very adult space, designed for entertaining, with the living room, formal dining room, library, kitchen, butler’s pantry and primary bedroom suite on the main entry level; a pair of guest bedroom suites flanking a media room and a 1,000-bottle capacity wine cellar on the lower level. “Wine Country’s natural beauty is incredibly inspiring,” says firm co-founder Alex Mutter-Rottmayer. “There is a lot of inspiration to pull from in this area, from the golden brown hues of the native grass to the sea of green of the vineyards.”