We recently took on a little project pro bono for the R-Ranch At The Lake. R-Ranch is a beautiful 1100 acre family resort community nestled into a natural wonderland of forests, hills, trails, streams (and the lake), a short hop from Napa Valley, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Sadly, the small cafe that served the HUGE pool and lodge area burned down last May (2016). A good friend of Trish's is an owner there and asked if we could help them get started with a rebuild. We put together a schematic design package for them to get the ball rolling. With a little luck the new cafe could be open for them by spring 2018 (maybe earlier with a lot of luck). The design is intended to be straightforward and affordable yet possess a simple elegance that will add value and enjoyment to the R Ranch users. It is based on a rectangular floor plan similar in size and shape to the previous cafe, using inexpensive but durable materials that match those of the existing Lodge. A few modest amenities are included that will add a touch of pride and pleasure to an otherwise utilitarian building. The Dining area is presented with a high ceiling and exposed wood beams in respect to the Lodge interior and the walls are mostly glass, flooding the space with light. The roof overhang extends to provide an outdoor sheltered dining extension. Optional or phased amenities include an outdoor trellis and barbeque area with a seat height retaining wall. There is a fun opportunity on the high wall between the dining and kitchen spaces for large murals depicting typical R Ranch outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, and horseback riding.