Inn keeping is not for the faint of heart (or knees).

Richard and I joined this 4-day Intensive Hands-On Innkeeper Workshop at the Bed & Breakfast at Tiffany Hill in North Carolina last week. There were serious moments like understanding the plating, proportioning and serving of breakfast.     And hilarious moments to “lighten” the load of physical labor.     But alongside the informative and well-spaced…

Some Progress this Week !

Some of the original redwood window jambs and frames are back installed today.           The building survived but not this company “Corlett Brothers Napa” where the original redwood window frames and jambs were from.     A sample “patch” of the exterior stone all washed and grouted. Eventually all the “age”…

Architectural Ornaments Getting their Make-Over

Zoom into the upper part of the first photo when the roof was still on. See the architectural ornaments (panels, brackets and fascia) ? They have been removed and are being cleaned, sanded, refinished and restored.       Some of the brackets had termite infestation and some had dry rot. This is normal for…

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

This week were days of pulling things down and sorting out what can be saved and reused: and surprisingly more than we expected! The fascias, brackets, window pediments and some dormer windows were in very good condition for its age. There is much to be said about the importance of quality wood in longevity of…

Steel Rods to “Bind” Exterior & Interior Walls

  Plastic tubes with wire meshing are being cut and joined to the length required for imbedding into the stone walls. The plastic tubes span the depth of both the interior and exterior walls. Holes are bored by drilling on the stone walls. These holes are spaced 2.5 feet apart in all directions.   The…

Yellow Diamonds on the Roof ?

  At the Sharpsteen Museum a few weeks ago, I noticed yellow “diamonds” on the roofs of houses in the diorama of “Calistoga’s yesteryears”. What they meant, no one there could tell me. My curiosity led me to ask a Napa architectural historian, Stacey de Shazo, who told me it was, as I suspected, purely…