Fall River, California
Designed for an avid fly fisherman, Graybarn is located on a secluded bend in the river in Northern California’s Fall River Valley. Known as one of the state’s “best kept secrets,” the area is recognized for its agriculture as well as its stunning natural beauty, surrounded by mountains in all four cardinal directions.
The Graybarn complex includes a main house, boathouse with a second floor fly-tying retreat and bar, riverfront studio, and garage and children’s recreation area. The buildings are united by a traditional foxtrot porch and arranged around a great lawn. Flood irrigation of the lawn is accomplished through the use of a dramatic sluice which creates an interactive experience for the owners. Irrigation also floods an orchard connected to the lawn area. Additional garden buildings and a chicken coop rendered in the board on board vocabulary extend the complex. The original barn sits as a sentinel at the entry to the complex, which occupies the land on which the original US Army Fort Crook was constructed in 1857.