Charlie's Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary


Sonoma, California

This post and beam structure we built in Sonoma, California, serves as the brand-new office and venue space for Charlie’s Acres — a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing farm animals and teaching visitors about the many benefits of plant-based eating. Modified from a Columbia Gable Barn Kit from DC Structures, this ranch-style building features a simple yet stunning design that includes 3,360 square feet of conditioned living space plus three covered patios that total 1,056 square feet.

The in-house design team at DC Structures made several modifications to the base model, including extending the standard 36′ x 72′ Columbia kit to fit a 40′ x 96′ footprint and adding gable deck covers to the front and sides of the structure. They also incorporated floor-to-ceiling tongue and groove wall coverings, faux glulam trusses, and Andersen 100 Series windows with colonial grids in the main hall. The exterior features stained cedar board and batten siding made to look reclaimed and Pella® Reserve™ commercial doors. Our WUI High Fire upgrade also ensures this structure is more fire-resistant by design than our standard heavy timber buildings, with upgrades like WUI-approved vents and Fire-X™ plywood boosting its performance in the event of a wildfire.

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