SET & SETTING
Sierra Meadows is an amazing project located about 18 miles from Yosemite National Park's South entrance near Oakhurst CA. We (3 partners - a design teacher, a general contractor and a computer guy) took over the property in July 2015 and have transitioned it from its previous use as a golf course country club to a series of new, more sustainable uses.
It is a diverse property with amazing infrastructure that, as a golf course, consumed 500,000 gallons of water per day before we closed the course. We are proud to save massive amounts of water and to restore the landscape with native plants and wild flowers. We have plans for sustainable agriculture utilizing much of the existing gravity fed irrigation systems and by converting to drip, we should be 800%+ more efficient than watering grass. We’ve converted the existing RV Park infrastructure into a tiny cabin village where our guests learn to live with less and are encouraged to get outside with no TV’s and minimal indoor amenities (but a bitchin coffee experience). “Just enough, not too much”. We currently have 13 full service cabins which sleep 4 to 6 people and include AC, heat, kitchenettes, comfy beds and full bathrooms. We also have 10 beautiful custom built micro cabins. These are dry buildings with electricity only which share a recently remodeled bath house / restroom facility. They have 13 ft tall ceilings, luxurious queen beds, small refrigerators and architecturally harken to our modernist pragmatism.
We have a growing concert series, retreats and other (AWESOME TIMBER FRAMING WORKSHOP) events in and around the clubhouse facility that looks out onto the old course area recently planted with a wildflower pollinator corridor. The clubhouse has a full restaurant set-up, commercial kitchen, full licensed bar, ballroom, pool/spa, offices, changing rooms, bunk rooms and game space.
The course is laced with paved cart paths which define the route to explore phase one of the sculpture park currently in development along with the artist in residence program. There are three massive lake-like ponds and 8 other small ponds on a total of 1300 beautiful oak and ponderosa pine filled rolling acres. We are lucky to already have a healthy network of hiking and single-track mountain biking trails on the property which will become phase 2 of the art-in-wilderness park and we have many more outdoor recreational activities in the plan. We irrigate solely by gravity and pond water and have a large solar array generating 100% of our electricity, the property is almost net neutral. We live by sustainable land use and connection to nature through art and play.
The Japanese characters on the Timber Framing flyer mean "Forest Love" and we try to abide.