Custom Builder of the Year 2011: Jim Murphy & Associates

Jim Murphy and Jay True master the wine country estate.

This California home's stone-and-plaster walls conceal a high performance core built with insulated concrete forms.

A wall of lift-and-slide doors opens the great room colonnade to a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace.

Like many JMA projects over the years, this weekend retreat in Kenwood, Calif., draws its inspiration from the wine-growing regions of the Mediterranean.

A product of JMAs long-standing relationship with architect Howard Backen, this Napa, Calif., residence bears the hallmarks of Backens California farmhouse style, reflected here in the buildings simple volumes, metal roofs, and exposed timber trusses.

With every room opening to the outdoors, this Napa, Calif., house promotes a casual relationship with its site.

While the forms and materials used in this residence make reference to vernacular agricultural buildings, the craftsmanship and performance are contemporary.

This modernist residence perches on the slope of Sonoma Mountain. Its stone walls use material excavated on site.

Aluminum screens shade an elevated deck overlooking the guest house and Sonoma Valley.

This deck offers an unobstructed view of Sonoma Valley. JMA worked on this project with San Francisco-based STUDIOS Architecture.

Clerestory windows feed light from the uphill side of the living room through a wood-and-steel roof structure.

The two-story living room and wrap-around deck enjoy long views over the vineyards to Dry Creek Valley.

The main house and guest cottage enclose a courtyard/pool deck punctuated with planting beds.

Surrounded by acres of productive Zinfandel vines, this family compound makes reference to the vintners art with a wine cellar in the form a barrel.

Jay True (left) and Jim Murphy of Jim Murphy and Associates.

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