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Fritz Architecture
  • Project Details

    This residential project added a second floor to an existing 1920’s era home in the historic Burbank Gardens neighborhood of Santa Rosa. The original 2-bedroom, 1-bath home was less than 1,100 sf. The program called for a new bedroom and bathroom so that the owner’s mother could move in. Given the size of the lot, the only way to do this and preserve any backyard space was to go up. As the project was located in an historic district, the project design had to be approved by the City of Santa Rosa Cultural Heritage Board. Although several board members were originally against a second-story addition, the project was approved.

    The existing foundation was not adequate to support the second story, so the entire foundation was replaced. Other structural improvements were made to the existing building, including repair of dry rot and termite damage, and replacement of the unreinforced masonry chimney. Electrical and plumbing upgrades were also made.
    Phase 2 of the project demolished the existing garage and replaced it with a new garage which is able to accommodate a car as well as added storage in an attic space.

    Project Status: Completed May 2012

  • Mill Street Addition

    This residential remodel added approximately 200 sf to a 1920’s era home in the historic Burbank Gardens neighborhood of Santa Rosa. The addition enlarged the master bedroom and bathroom, added a dining room and included a new deck overlooking the back yard. The project required a Minor Landmark Alteration permit from the City of Santa Rosa. The owner was interested in keeping the deck private from the nearby adjacent residences which resulted in the form seen in the photos. The remodel was completed by Brenton Builders.

    Project Status: Completed October 2013

  • Henry House

    This project was a remodel of an existing single-family home that had previously been used to house people with AIDS. Fritz Architecture-Urbanism provided design work, construction documents and construction administration services. The remodel included all new finishes and complete remodels of two bathrooms. The project is HUD funded and is occupied by people with chronic mental illness. Supportive services are provided by Buckelew Programs.

    Project Status: Completed 2013

    Client: Community Housing Sonoma County

  • Mill Street

    This project was a remodel of an existing 3-unit residential building into a two-unit building. The building, located several blocks from downtown Guerneville, had previously been raised so that the living units were above the 100-year flood level which is approximately 14 feet deep on this site. The resulting two units each have 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The units will be shared by chronically homeless individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Supporting services are provided off-site.

    Phase 2 of the project included re-siding the existing building to improve the long-term durability.

    Project Status: Completed 2013

    Client: Community Housing Sonoma County

  • Parquet Remodel

    This project began as a discussion about ways to make the primary facade of an existing 70 year old house more cohesive. The small house sits at the rear of a deep site in an older neighborhood. The approach to the house allows for some time contemplating the elevation which was quite muddled. The existing windows were all of different sizes and styles and didn’t relate well to each other or the interior spaces. The north side of the house has a large deck through which the house is entered. Much of the deck was covered in a flat roof which resulted in a dark and not particularly inviting space. In addition there was much water damage due to poorly designed drainage.

    While discussing ideas for improving the facade and entry of the home the owner decided to pursue an addition she had been contemplating. So the project grew to include a master bathroom and studio/study on the south side of the house and a redesign of the roof over the deck to fit more with the style of the original home with open trusses to allow more light into the house and provide a more open feel to the deck.

    A bay window was added to the dining room to provide more space, and add interest to a wide front facade. The front wall of the studio addition sits in front of the existing house to provide an additional plane and define the outside space more. The front yard has been re-landscaped including a new patio off the study.

    Other improvements to the home include a large closet for the master bedroom that previously had none and a new laundry room (the existing laundry room was in the basement and had to be accessed by going outside).

    Project Status: Completed 2014

    Photography by Ramsay Photography

  • Redwood Residence

    This is a new home on a 2.5 acre site to replace an existing home not worth saving. The site slopes down to the northwest and has a seasonal creek running through the property. Native oak trees are located throughout the property, particularly on the downslope.

    The home is sited at the upper end of the site which is the flattest portion of the property. The L-shaped home has a porch along both walls facing the entry to the site. The entrance is at the inside corner of the ‘L’. Upon entering, the primary living spaces are evident to the left and accessed via several steps down. The living, dining and kitchen are in one open space and adjacent to a large outdoor deck. The hallway to the bedrooms runs along the west wall adjacent to the porch which allows for many windows and a bright space. Stairs at the entry take you to a second floor yoga studio with views into the tree canopy. The primary floor also contains a sauna and outdoor tub on a small rear deck.

    The exterior materials include redwood and corrugated Cor-Ten steel panels. The Cor-Ten panels form a protective layer of rust as they oxidize. These panels were used on the roof and lower portion of the walls. The redwood used in the project came from old growth logs that were salvaged from Northern California rivers by the owner’s father. All the exterior columns, beams, railings and siding were milled on-site from the redwood. The project was built by Maganda Construction.

    Project Status: Completed July 2016

    Photography by Ramsay Photography

  • Storage Pro

    Storage Pro is a new self-storage facility located on the busy Highway 12 corridor in Rincon Valley. The project includes three 3-story buildings and over 600 storage units. Some of the first floor units have exterior access while the remainder are accessed through interior corridors. The primary building materials are concrete block, metal siding and glass curtain wall. The glass curtain wall is located at the building fronting the street to make the building less imposing. A grove of mature oak trees has been preserved and the site backs up to Santa Rosa Creek and a proposed creek trail.

    Project Status: Completed 2016

    Project Team
    Photography by Ramsay Photography
    Client: Storage Pro

  • Sweet T’s Restaurant

    Sweet T’s was an existing restaurant in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa. The project created an open air structure to cover the outdoor patio area. The design used heavy timber and galvanized corrugated steel for a rustic look, combined with more contemporary fixtures to complement the interior of the restaurant and the southern BBQ theme.

    Sadly, the restaurant was destroyed in the Tubb’s Fire of October 2017. The only thing remaining was the structure created in this project. Sweet T’s has since reopened in Windsor.

    Project Status: Completed Spring 2016

    Client: Sweet T’s Ann Tussey

  • Sebastopol Home Office

    This project converted an existing 2-car garage to a new home office. The existing house was an early 20th century craftsman home near downtown Sebastopol. The garage was a later addition and had nothing to do architecturally with the original house. The owners wanted the office to match the architecture of the existing home so all the materials and details were taken from the original structure. The office is essentially a 2-story volume with a mezzanine at one end. The client is an antique book dealer and needed to incorporate an existing bookcase into the new structure. The office is connected to the home through an open breezeway. The project was built by Ron Vann Construction.

    Project Status: Completed March 2016

  • Oak Creek Terrace

    This project includes 41 units of affordable family housing. The project site is a flag lot adjacent to Napa Creek on First Street in Napa. Due to the required riparian setback and nature of the flag lot, the resulting buildable area is approximately 1.3 acres. In order to preserve as much of the site as possible for open space the buildings have been designed with tuck-under parking on half of the first floor, with ground floor units in front of the parking. Above the parking and ground floor units are 2-story townhouse apartments. The project also includes a community center and common open spaces.

    Project Status: Completed March 2016

    Project Team
    Architectural Collaboration with Tierney / Figueiredo
    Landscape Architect: Paul Harris Associates
    Structural Engineer: MKM & Associates
    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    General Contractor: Sunseri Construction
    Photography by Ramsay Photography
    Client: Napa Valley Community Housing/Burbank Housing Development Corporation

  • Esposti Park Apartments

    Esposti Park is a 36-unit market rate apartment project located in the Shiloh Road Village Vision Plan (SRVVP) area of Windsor. The SRVVP envisions a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood around the intersection of Shiloh Rd. and Old Redwood Highway directly off Highway 101. Most of the existing area is devoted to rural residential properties. The project site is located on Old Redwood Highway in the northeast area of the plan. An apartment project, Windsor Redwoods, was built on the adjacent property to the south several years ago.
    The project was part of the Town of Windsor’s Merit Program in 2013 which is the method the town uses as part of their growth control ordinance as a way to allocate residential permits. The project also required a general plan amendment and a zone change to allow for a higher level of density. As part of the project the developer constructed a pedestrian crossing across Old Redwood Highway to provide for safe pedestrian access from the project, and future neighborhood, to the public park across the street.

    This project sits to the north of a new street constructed as part of the Windsor Redwoods project. The street will eventually continue to the west leading to the future commercial area of the neighborhood. The three buildings of Esposti Park are oriented to this new street (Kendall Way) and to Old Redwood Highway, and have individual unit entries with access directly from the sidewalk. The buildings screen the view of the parking lot from the sidewalk. The two buildings fronting onto Kendall Way each have a small courtyard through which several units are accessed allowing for a place for residents to relax and interact.

    The units are a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedrooms, flats and townhouses. The buildings are a mix of 2 and 3-stories. Exterior siding includes board and batten and horizontal board siding with galvanized metal accents in awnings and balconies.

    Project Status: Completed Spring 2017

    Project Team
    Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
    Landscape Architect: Stephanie McAllister Landscape Architecture
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    Waterproofing Consultant: Solv Architecture Studios
    General Contractor: E West Construction, Inc.
    Photography by Ramsay Photography
    Client: Esposti Park, LLP

  • Bear Republic Brewery

    Bear Republic Brewing Company has opened a new brew-pub in Rohnert Park. The project is occupying a 11,000 square foot space adjacent to Roberts Lake and includes extensive outdoor seating areas.

    The patio has a new steel and wood framed roof allowing outdoor seating for a larger portion of the year. Outdoor seating areas also include an existing deck over the lake and an expanded beer garden with stage and kids area. The material palette at the beer garden includes decomposed granite and artificial turf ground surfaces, gabion benches, cor-ten steel and a wood fence.

    The interior includes a new brewery, interior beer garden, ‘shipping container’ bar, dining room, new kitchen equipment and a tiki bar. A cast-in-place concrete wall topped with glazing separates the brewery from the public allowing the brewing process to be safely observed from the adjacent indoor beer garden. The octagonal space interior beer garden is topped by a cupola allowing light to pour in from above. The shipping container bar serves both the interior and exterior spaces allowing views through the bar out to the lake. New storefront windows in the dining room open up the view of the lake. The existing ceiling above the shipping container bar and dining room was removed to expose large glulam trusses.

    The exterior also includes a new covered service area and silo. The existing rooftop cupolas and mechanical wells have been wrapped in perforated metal to give a more industrial look to the existing vaguely ‘Mediterranean’ architecture.

    Project Status: Completed August 2017

    Project Team
    Landscape Architect: Gardenworks, Inc.
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    General Contractor: GMH Builders
    Client: Bear Republic Brewing Company

  • Benton Veteran’s Village

    Benton Veterans Village at S.R.F.D. Firehouse No. 2 is a 7 unit affordable housing project targeting homeless veterans. On-going operations are provided by the federal VASH voucher program. The VASH program combines HUD’s housing choice voucher program with case management and clinical services provided by the Veterans Administration.

    The project re-uses a streamline moderne fire station built in the 1940’s and also includes a new building on the site. The site is located in the Junior College neighborhood close to services and transit. The site includes 2 patio areas for the residents in addition to secure bike parking and raised planters for residents to garden.

    The existing building contains a manager’s unit, common laundry, shared meeting room and kitchen and has been brought up to current accessibility codes. The building has been restored to repair some of the original detailing, including a new aluminum and glass roll-up door to what had been the fire truck bay, replacing the tile base and a new flagpole over the entry.

    The new building, which sits behind the original building, picks up on some of the simple geometric massing of the fire station. The primary exterior material is stucco with some painted wood and metal detailing.The six one-bedroom units each have their own exterior entry and include a private balcony or porch. Units are accessible to allow residents to age-in-place. The project was designed to Build It Green standards, and was certified GreenPoint Rated in 2020.

    Press Democrat Coverage of the project may be seen at https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/veterans-find-new-affordable-housing-in-old-santa-rosa-firehouse/

    Project Status: Completed October 2018

    Project Team
    Landscape Architect: Merge Studio
    Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    General Contractor: JL Construction
    Photography by Ramsay Photography
    Client: Community Housing Sonoma County

  • Danville Remodel and Addition

    This project included remodeling and adding on to a 1950’s era home in downtown Danville. The addition consists of a guest bedroom and bath suite and an outdoor room opening out to the large rear yard. The original house was broken up into small, oddly shaped spaces with a separate living and family room. In the new design the family room became the location for the new kitchen and the wall separating the family room and living room was removed. This created an open living/dining/kitchen space and has improved the circulation of the house.

    In Phase 2, the master bedroom and bathroom are being remodeled and updated, and the garage is being moved forward to accommodate a new den. A front porch and new gable roofs are being added as well.

    Project Status: Phase 1 Completed 2012; Phase 2 Completed March 2020

  • Zane Wolff Veteran’s Village

    This collection of 14 tiny homes provides housing for homeless veterans on a county-owned parcel in Santa Rosa, CA. Each unit is 250 square feet and accessible. With an entry porch, a living/sleeping space, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a walk-in closet, these units are compact, but comfortable. Units are reached along common paths and arranged around a landscaped meadow and seating area. A common laundry facility is accessible to all residents.

    Press coverage of the project may be seen at the links below:
    News of the North Bay Project Dedication Coverage
    KTVU Coverage of Project Dedication
    Press Democrat Coverage of the Project

    Project Status: Completed February 2019

    Project Team
    Landscape Architect: Permaculture Artisans
    Civil Engineer: Sherwood Design Engineers
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    General Contractor: Wolff Contracting
    Photography by Ramsay Photography
    Client: Community Housing Sonoma County

  • Bodega Avenue/High Street Addition

    This project adds a second floor apartment to an existing single-story office building. The streamline moderne original structure was built in the 1940’s by 5 doctors and included a suite for each. The building steps down the hillside and contains little ornamentation. The existing structure is cast-in-place concrete with a smooth cement plaster finish. Interior walls are also cast-in-place concrete. The addition picks up on details and massing of the original but uses contemporary details and materials like cedar siding and steel. The original building had a tower on the north side that was illuminated internally. The tower had been removed in the intervening years but the addition plans to bring it back. Existing windows will be replaced along with new mechanical systems in the existing building. The second floor apartment has several exterior decks including a roof deck and large deck outside the living/dining/kitchen area which is located at the high point of the site and provides great views over downtown Sebastopol to the hills east of Santa Rosa.

    Project Status: Schematic Design

  • Polk Street ADU

    This accessory dwelling unit occupies an oversized front yard, creating a more consistent streetscape in the historic Railroad Square neighborhood of Santa Rosa. Melding modern and historic features, this new, 2-story home contains one bedroom, one and half bathrooms, an office, and a workshop space in nearly 1700 square feet.

    Project Status: Completed November 2019

  • Robinson House

    This large, ranch-style home was remodeled to provide 14 beds of supportive housing for homeless veterans transitioning from drug and alcohol treatment. The program allows veterans to live in the house for up to two years while they get back on their feet. This 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom house includes a large kitchen and living area, as well as ample storage. The home is located in a semi-rural neighborhood on the edge of Sebastopol, offering plentiful outdoor spaces in both the front and back yards. The remodel was competed by Sustainable Structures.

    Project Status: Completed 202

    Client: Community Housing Sonoma County

  • Bennett Ridge Residence

    The original house on this rural woodland property was burned to the ground in the Wine Country fires of October 2017. A new 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home was designed to replace the original home. The front porch leads to a large Great Room which opens up to beautiful views to the southeast. This central gathering space includes the living room, dining room and kitchen, and it divides the private bedroom spaces, with the Master Suite located on one side and the other two bedrooms to the north. Ron Vann Construction began to build the project in early 2019, completing it in Winter of 2020.

    Project Status: Completed February 2020

  • West End ADU

    This accessory dwelling unit in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, is situated in the rear portion of a corner lot, affording it convenient street access. The 616 square foot unit occupies the second story of the new building, above an equally sized garage, workshop and laundry space on the ground floor. The entrance and windows are placed to optimize privacy between this unit and the main house on the property. A covered balcony extends across the entire front of the 1-bedroom unit, extending the living space by 6 feet. The interior is a modern, open floor plan, while the exterior borrows from historical themes in the neighborhood, such as hip roofs and placement of the main floor above a utility level.

    Project Status: Completed Summer 2021

  • Stonefield Condominiums

    Thirty of the 122 condominiums in the Stonefield at Fountaingrove complex were burned or damaged during the Tubbs Fire of October 2017. Originally built in the 1980s, the rebuilding process involved bringing the units up to current code, increasing energy efficiency, incorporating Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) requirements into the construction and detailing, and providing unit owners with alternative floor plan options that reflect contemporary tastes. The project also involved working with a handful of individual homeowners to incorporate specific changes to their units.

    Project Status: Completed August 2021

    Project Team
    Landscape Architect: Stephanie McAllister Landscape Architecture
    Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
    Structural Engineer, Foundation: MKM & Associates
    Structural Engineer, Framing: Core Structure, Inc.
    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    Waterproofing Consultant: Solv Architecture Studios
    General Contractor: Synergy Construction, Inc.
    Client: Stonefield Condominium Association

  • Cherry Creek Affordable Housing

    This project reconfigured an existing residential site owned by the City of Cloverdale and managed by Wallace House as a permanent, affordable housing site. One of the original three buildings was remodeled, and 23 new units were added in a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom homes. The resulting density is 13 units per acre. The project maintains a large riparian setback along Cherry Creek, which meanders through the site. Amenities include a nature path, garden area, playground, sports court, and a common building, along with outdoor rooms between buildings. See the whole site in this short video shot by drone.

    In December 2022, The North Bay Business Journal named Cherry Creek Village the best North Bay Affordable Housing Project.

    Project Status: Completed September 2022

    Project Team
    Architectural Collaboration with Archilogix
    Landscape Architect: Quadriga
    Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers
    Geotechnical Engineer: RGH Consultants
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: 15000, Inc.
    Electrical Engineer: Brokaw Design
    Title 24 Consultant: Soldata
    General Contractor: GMH Builders
    Client: Wallace House/Kingdom Development
    Project Status: Completed September 2022

  • Graton Renovation

    This charming California Bungalow, built in 1930, was getting tight for the young family living there. Instead of moving from the 900 SF, 2-bedroom, 1-bath home, the owners decided to add square footage, enlarging the kitchen, converting the second bedroom into a Master bedroom with its own bathroom and walk-in closet, and adding a mud/laundry room. The addition borrows exterior details from the original construction, while creating a more modern, spacious, and functional interior in a 1,272 SF home.

    Project Status: Completed November 2022

    Project Team
    Structural Engineer: Ian Hoff Design
    Energy Consultant: Delta T Energy
    Contractor: Brenton Builders

  • Barlow Farmhouse

    This charming, uniquely constructed farmhouse captured the imagination of its new owners, but required extensive upgrades to its construction, as well substantial redesign. Originally completed in 1913, the house was built without studs, and instead relied on horizontal planks with plaster interior and wood exterior siding. The one-bedroom, one-bath home had fallen into disrepair over the years, with sagging porches, a leaky roof, mold and insect issues, and a settling foundation.

    In addition to remodeling the existing downstairs, the design involved transforming the attic into livable space and adding a room with a large deck to the south. The first floor now contains a kitchen, laundry room, dining room, sitting room, bathroom, bedroom, and office, while the second floor has a primary suite and and a third bedroom. A new foundation was poured, new 2×6 stud walls were added to the existing walls at remodeled portions of the structure, and the roof framing was replaced where required. New 2×6 walls and new floor and roof framing were added at the addition and where the previous structure could not be salvaged. A new standing seam metal roof was installed throughout. Aside from the roof and sitting room addition, the new materials at the remodel were selected to honor the original design to the extent possible.

    Project Status: Completed March 2023

    Project Team
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Energy Consultant: Delta T Energy
    General Contractor: Ron Vann Construction

  • Maple Remodel

    This 1940s era home underwent a significant remodel to re-organize the home to improve circulation and add a home office. The backyard of the existing 3-bedroom home was only able to be accessed through two of the bedrooms. The most significant change was to convert the middle bedroom to a dining room, open to the kitchen, which allows direct access, and view, to the backyard from the kitchen located at the front of the house. A small half bath was expanded into a full bathroom to serve the two smaller bedrooms the had previously been the large master. The remaining original bedroom is now the master bedroom and the original bathroom has been converted into a master bathroom. The home office was added to the rear of the home and helps to frame a new deck, which is accessed from the dining room. All the existing single-glazed aluminum windows were replaced. Additional insulation and a new heating system were also added. A full kitchen remodel will be completed in the future.

    Project Status: Under Construction

    Project Team
    Structural Engineer: Ian Hoff Design
    Energy Consultant: Delta T Energy
    Contractor: Maganda Natural Construction

  • Daywalt Addition

    A primary bedroom suite, laundry room, garage, and workshop were added to this modest, rural dwelling. Both the front porch and back deck were also replaced and expanded. Goals included improving flow within the space and to the back yard, creating a larger and more private primary suite, adding storage and utility space, housing vehicles, and establishing an indoor workshop space.

    A future phase will include a remodel of the existing kitchen, providing better connection to the living room and more direct access to the new deck and rear yard.

    Project Status: Under Construction

    Project Team
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
    Energy Consultant: Delta T Energy
    Contractor: Ron Vann Construction

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Hearn Veterans Village will provide 32 homeless veterans with permanent, supportive housing. A 2-acre parcel in Santa Rosa has been subdivided into four lots, each of which will contain one 6-bedroom house and one 2-bedroom accessory dwelling unit (ADU). Homes are being designed to reflect a modern California ranch vernacular with low-sloping roofs, durable exterior siding materials, and generous outdoor spaces. The larger site has been designed to create a community for the residents, with a variety of shared, common outdoor rooms for different sized groups and activities.

    Each house will be approximately 3,100 square feet and will include a great room comprising kitchen, dining, and living rooms, as well as laundry, office, and 6 bedrooms. Each ADU will be approximately 1,000 square feet and will include an open living, dining and kitchen area, as well as 2 bedrooms. The design encourages residents to gather, cook, share meals, do laundry, and relax in a shared living environment, as well as retreat to their individual bedrooms for privacy. Universal design principles are being employed in ground floor spaces of all the homes to ensure access for aging residents, as well as those with mobility impairments.

    The goal is for the homes to be designed and built to zero net energy, which will be accomplished by complying with the City of Santa Rosa’s All Electric Reach code and on-site electricity generation. The project will incorporate durable and low-toxic interior materials for reduced long-term maintenance costs and resident health.

  • Purple Acaí

    Located in the food court of the Barlow in Sebastopol, Purple Acaí is an acaí bar that adds exotic flavor to the available food selections. This tenant improvement fit an impressive array of equipment, sinks, and counters into 366 square feet.

    Project Status: Completed April 2024

    Project Team
    Hospitality Design: Doug Washington Design

    Food Service Design: Larry Ballinger

    Electrical Engineer: SoCo Engineering, Inc.

    Mechanical Engineer: TEP Engineering, Inc.

    Contractor: True Blue Builders