Not everyday in construction is fun. But collaborating with very talented artisans and craftsman in Napa, like Dennis Douglas here, takes some anxiety off our backs. Rebuilding these dormer windows are complicated: they are all handmade. We would love them to be installed soon so the roof work can commence. …
It is very flattering to be a “historic and landmark” property in Calistoga. Daily, we have folks stop to chat.
And sometimes we get a group, like last week, from the Sharpsteen Museum
Esteemed Napa Photographer Adrian Gregorutti shared some of the photographs he took of The Francis House in June 2008 : Eight years before we gutted and demolished the interiors of the building. The photographer’s grasp of the place show the time -worn building which teems with contrasting shadow and light: like a Vermeer painting. …
Kiwi slices and toasted coconut shavings add more texture to a medley of seeds: chia, flax and pepitas on a matcha blended yogurt and almond butter.
Martha came to visit from Albania.
We met at the Aspiring Innkeepers Weekend Hands On Training in South Carolina last June.
Another design challenge : window coverings for the 3rd Floor with the Mansard Roof Pitched Windows. Option #1 : Wooden Shutters but in an Aged Finish Option # 2 : A sloped black out lined washed linen curtain that would follow the slope of the wall. Please mail your comments and “votes”.…
The hospitality experience that was the precursor to The Francis House.
The rains have not bid adieu so now that our roof sheathing is “waterproof” we focus on framing indoors this week.
A pizza break was in order for these 16 men to do a full throttle installing the waterproof membrane (blue material) over the wooden sheathing. Rain means ” NO HOLDS BARRED”. All in a days work ! So until the sun comes out we have a “blue” do. Next up:…
Challenge : Calistoga forecast is rain thru Friday.
Solution : Sixteen expert men hustled to get the wooden sheathing to “sandwich” the insulation material Wednesday.
This is crucial, the insulation material put up last week cannot get soaked.