On October 9, 2017, a fast-moving wildfire sparked by a downed PG&E power line swept through Sonoma in the middle of the night. On the morning of October 10, Howard Booster hiked over a ridge in Santa Rosa to the place where his multi-generational family home of 35 years once stood. He found nothing left. It was not even smoldering. It was just gone.
The home survived the wildfire itself but the embers had blown up into the soffit vents. Two or three hours later, it burned from the inside out. After much thought, Howard and Merritt Booster have decided to rebuild. Their new place, a collaboration between husband and wife architects Brendan Kelly and Kerry Morgan and Canadian custom home builder BONE Structure, is well under way. The new home will be a super-energy-efficient, 100% solar, net zero energy home thanks to the collaboration with BONE Structure, which makes a net-zero-energy ready framing system to fit the design.