A Rammed-Earth Home in Napa Valley

One homeowner uses pisé de terre, a 2,000-year-old building method, to make his sustainable home.

Through this dramatic entryway, crowned with a cast-earth pediment, is the future of rammed-earth construction. It’s also a preview to David Easton’s courtyard compound, which includes the charming guest house with kiwi-covered arbor (shown opposite).
Photography by Robert Reck