About Us

Michael Barron-Wike was educated in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, Collge of Environmental Design. He first gained his insights into sensitive envrionmental design from his professors at that school, two of whom, Lawrence Halprin and Joseph Esherick, conceived the concept for The Sea Ranch, a northern California development nearby where Michael Barron-Wike AIA now lives and has practiced his profession for many years. Evolving the basic concepts taught to him by these industry icons, Michael Barron-Wike has evolved these principles further with his early embracing of the beginnings of the passive solar design movement. His current projects include sustainable, "green-rated" designs with the goal of "Zero Carbon Footprints" energy usage. Passive solar design, and meticulously detailed structures built to withstand the harsh elements of a coastline environment are pivotal points for most of Michael Barron-Wike's work. Only the latest building methods and materials are used to ensure solid, fire-proof, durable, contemporary designs, both outside and inside the structures. His designs are award-winning and have been published in both local, national, and international periodicals.

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Featured Services

Fallow Residence, a

Completed in 2021, this State of the Art residence, "Zero Carbon Footprint", totally self-sustainable, residence is locted on a dramatic oceanfront setting. An all fireproof exterior, contemporary design, stone panel exterior siding structure, with standing seam metal roofs and solar eletric and hot water panels. Tucked into an existing wind-sheltering hedgerow of native pines, this home is carefully sited to maximize the dramatic ocean views and passively capture the sun's space heating energy. The exterior construction methods and materials exceed state requirements for fireproofing in California Wildlands Urban Interface Zones (WUI). Drought resistant and native plants landscaping integrate the new home into its oceanfront environment. Project Cost: More than $3,500,000 Country: United States Zip Code: 95445

Schwager Residence, a study in careful site-integrated design

This is a preliminary design concept for an oceafront home immediately adjacent to a state coast highway that strived to reduce its visual impact to highway passersby viewing out to the ocean. The final design was changed significantly due to California Coastal Commission requirements for Environmentally Sensitive Habitats for this 2.5 acre parcel, located approximately 100 miles north of San Francisco. Careful site evaluations required geological, botanical, biological, sanitarian, civil, and structural consultants prior to beginning design studies. Country: United States. Construction completed: 2020

Trione Residence, The Sea Ranch

The best of construction materials were used on this project to ensure longer durability: standing seam, aluminum allow metal roofing, clear, select red cedar, tongue and groove siding, Andersen Windows and Doors, Sanyo select solar PV array panels, stone pavers, stainless steel exterior hardware, Ipe sustainable hardwood decks. Interior has a radiant heating floor system, super insulation envelope, insulated slab on grade floors with tile and carpeting, high efficiency boiler and On-Demand water heater, low energy use, Energy Star rated, LED light fixtures, Low to Zero VOC interior finishes and materials. Project Year completed: 2008. Project Cost: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. Country: United States Zip Code: 95497

Range of Services, Photo: Aerial View of 3 MBW AIA residences, Anchor Bay, CA

Sustainable Architecture, Passive Solar Design, New Custom Residential Design, Virtual Reality 3D Renderings, Architectural Design, Construction Documents and Specifications, Construction Supervision, Coastal Commission and Building Permit submittals, Design & Construction, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building Design, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Renovations, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Project Management, Site Preparation, Space Planning, Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design, Coastal Commission Permits, Building Permits Management, escrow property evaluations

Areas Served

Anchor Bay, Gualala, The Sea Ranch, Point Arena, Irish Beach, Elk, Caspar, Albion, Little River, Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Timber Cove, Bodega Bay, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Sonoma

Awards, Publications, & Media Videos

AIARE 2012 "People's Choice Award": Esherick/Marks Residential remodel and additions, The Sea Ranch, CA. Autodesk 2009 Sparks Design Awards Finalist: Das Residence, Gualala, CA. Published: Santa Rosa Press Democrat for Marks Residential remodel of AIA award winning Joseph Esherick, AIA Career Gold Medal Winner, the "Hedgerow Houses", completed 2011. Published: Trends Ideas Magazine, Marks Residence, June 2012, YouTube KGUA videos for Fallow & Das Residences, 2021: Michael Barron-Wike Architect AIA, Green Designs and Michael Barron-Wike Architect AIA, Energy Efficent Designs, 2021

Past Projects: The Brock Residence, Anchor Bay, CA

Completely integrated residential compound that occupies an ocean bluff point, used for launching lumber down to "dog hole schooners" by cable at the turn of the 20th century. This site specific design takes its inspiration from existing long, low branching cypress trees located on the property and preserved during construction. All natural colors taken from the surrounding environment are integerated into the interior finishes of the home, including handpainted walls using multiple colors applied with sponges.

The Kreuzer Residence, The Sea Ranch, CA

Reminiscent of the "Craftsman Era" this home incorpoatres only the best materials and workmanship, completed in 2008. Tucked into the woods, the key to its successful planning was to carefully preserve huge, existing fir trees and still provide adequate open space for outdoor living.

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