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Two new buildings replaced an aging garage and added an artist studio to a pre-1900’s farm house in Sonoma, Calif. Using prefabricated Quonset hut roofs from Pioneer Steel Manufacturers Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, raised on concrete walls, the matching 36-foot-long buildings create what the owner calls a car temple. San Francisco-based Levy Design Partners specified a large, glass garage door and three, folding patio doors that open out to the landscape and connect the two buildings visually. While the garage exposes the ribs and the concrete on the interior, the studio uses ash plywood panels on the ceiling to hide the insulation below the metal roof, which was installed by Waukesha, Wis.-basedIronwood Builders. The studio also offers other amenities, including a wet bar and a bath with a sliding barn door, reused from the client’s house.