"Ensconced in a half-circle of majestic native trees, the views from this prime part of Barbara Buck’s 755-acre estate are expansive and exquisite. What’s more, Buck and her construction team worked hard to make sure the house is as close to being off the grid as possible.
Buck’s new house above Cazadero is, indeed, an impressive bit of work, from inspiration to construction. “I’ve lived some of the best years of my life in Lake Tahoe and Colorado,” says the Santa Fe, New Mexico, native, “and I wanted my home to be something that came out of the earth. I grew up in New Mexico, and people there have a connectedness to the land that I admire. It’s also important, I think, that you understand this planet is a living thing.
“To my way of thinking, the planet needs a break. Don’t you get the feeling Mother Earth ought to be getting a little mad at us? She ought to be just about ready to shake us off like fleas. Think about it: There’s no place else to go. That new planet they just found out there in the solar system? How many light years is it away from us? Ha! That’s not an option. We have to do better at taking care of the one planet we have, and that’s at the core of my thinking for this house.”
The home’s setting is spectacular. Ensconced in a half-circle of majestic redwood, fir and madrone trees, the views from this prime part of her 755-acre estate are expansive and exquisite. Buck and Leff worked hard to make sure the house was as close to being off the grid as possible, both knowing that the West Sonoma County power supply—what with wind and rainstorms of ferocious impact—can be iffy at best..."
Author: Richard Paul Hinkle
March, 2012 Issue
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