- BJ Siegel, a former Apple Design Director, collaborated on the design of his Sonoma home.
- The weeHouse is larger than a tiny home but is prefabricated and modular the way many tiny homes are.
- The home was completed in 2016 for a total of $600,000.
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Apple is known for its thoughtful designs and its attention to detail in its iPhones, laptops, and AirPods.
A California home design from Alchemy Architects gives a look at what the Apple design aesthetic might look like applied to a house.
BJ Siegel was a senior design director of real estate and development at Apple for 10 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 2016, the designer collaborated with Alchemy Architects to create a customized version of their weeHouse design.
Siegel’s house isn’t quite a tiny house; it’s two structures that combine to be nearly 1,000 square feet, although it is modular and assembled off-site, as many tiny homes are. The sleek, minimalist design has some qualities in common with Apple products, in neutral colors and high-end finishes. Take a look at the house here.
The house is really two structures: a 640 square foot main house, and a 330 square foot guest house.
The two open-sided structures, which both sit on concrete, were shipped nearly completed.
They were designed to each ship in two pieces, with boxes shipping as one module, and detached porches as the other.
The two buildings are connected by steel stairs and railings, also designed by Alchemy.
The main house is set up like a studio, with an open kitchen, living room, sleeping area, and bathroom.
The guest house is a smaller version of the main home, and also has its own bathroom.
The built-in oak wardrobe adds storage, and also acts as the wall to the bathroom, blocking it off from the rest of the home.
They have ipe wood interiors, with custom oak cabinet doors.
Both buildings are open-sided, to best take in the views from the Sonoma site.
Both buildings have weathering steel siding.
For this project, Alchemy adapted its original weeHouse design to add high-end finishes requested by Siegel.
It was designed in Minnesota, and mostly built in Oregon.
Alchemy said that the structures were 90% done when they were delivered to the site in California.
They were placed on a hill surrounded by oak trees, positioned specifically for the views.
In 2018, the design won the American Institute of Architecture’s Small Project Award.