New Keystone at Main Entry

A close up view of the new keystone on the now taller entryway. As the original building had the servants quarters on the ground floor, the first floor entry was nondescript, short (just 7′ tall) and with no identifying keystone marker. We remedied that by an additional foot in the door height and carving a…

Ornamental Side Windows

Each time I make a site visit, there are details that reiterate how a century old building is built differently from the way we do today. Case in point: notice the arch in the side windows that flank the entry corridor. Each 1/2 inch wooden segment is hand glued to form the arch. Today this…

Kitchen Area

This is the location of the Francis House kitchen: space is limited and the challenge is on on how to allot the space intelligently for storage and for functionality. It is small but we would never sacrifice the windows for more shelving.      

I-Beams are a big thing in structural engineering

Watching these load bearing I-Beams installed make it look easy considering their very significant role in the structural integrity of the building. It usually requires a minimum of two people to accomplish the task safely. Even a short six foot long double 2×12 beam can be very heavy. The beams on the corner support the…

More Stone Repairs

Days of laying the cement for the ground floor is done. Simultaneously, there is more repair on the exterior stone especially in areas where the additions from the old Calistoga Hospital where removed.      

What’s beneath a Floor ?

Three days ago the insulation was laid. Today, the reinforced bars were installed together with the radiant heat pipes (red pipes). The warm water that passes through these red pipes will channel heat giving warmth on bare feet. Now, after many months waiting, there is a level floor to walk on. The possibility of twisting…