Sunny Days Are Here Again !

On the road to the Francis House this morning.   I stared at this sight for a long time today. The third storey took some time to appear !   Here are some old photos of the old wooden French mansard roof before we took it down. The new one is being made in the…

Truss in Me

The skies are still dark but the sight of the new trusses (right length and angle this time) are making us see the rainbow at the end of the tunnel. When the rain goes away, the roof will come!        

Truss in Me

It was hairy getting up two flights on a rickety ladder but the view from the top was exhilarating ! Considering the height restrictions on buildings in Calistoga, because of the historic nature of this property we are “grandfathered” and are the exemption to the rule. We can claim our “height” as one of the…

What a Difference (Another) Floor Makes

The weather called for a visit on a real “Sun-day”. After a weeklong of rain, this was a welcome sight on the way.     A quarter of the trusses are up. More to go. But after many weeks of (seemingly) no developments on the 3rd Floor (rain is to blame) here we are !…

The Weather Makes us Turn to the Finer Details

The week long continuous rains that has caused flooding in nearby Yountville and St. Helena has luckily spared the Francis House. I attribute this to our location being far from the larger bodies of water but more because of altitude. Calistoga is 348′ above sea level compared to 253′ for St Helena and 98′ for…

On To Prettier Things…

A friend asked me today how I am enjoying the “dirty” work of construction when she knows the “high” I get from choosing furniture, lights, fabric and all the pretty things. I have been doing that too (backstage though). Since she asked, I will start sharing another side (the better side) of the project. Here…

Making Old Windows New (and New Windows Old)

After 50 years of neglect, some windows still have life in them. The ones that do, we “resuscitated” and then the real work is in replicating these old growth redwood windows and trims by hand,¬†mimicking the way they were done a century ago (without the hair dryer of course).   It is tedious work but…