A good friend of ours passed by the Francis House today and shared a conversation of some passersby on Harley’s: “How wonderful that this building is being restored after 50 years of abandonment.”
Priming and “preening” the second dormer window before installation. Two up, 7 more to go!
The original Francis House had a second set of gutters on the upper part of the roof. We are recreating this today using metal that will be painted black that will blend in with the custom wooden shingles on the Mansard Roof.
The age of the Wood speaks volumes. They are like wrinkles in a woman’s face: with a history and a story.
These Dormer Windows are Pieces of a Puzzle Masterfully Put Together by Napa Craftsman Dennis Douglas.
Of the nine (9) dormer windows of the Francis House only these were salvageable. One and a “half” of the nine. For a building that was left unattended and uninhabited for 50 years, it is a marvel these “survived”. Below, is the “half” window. Below is the only dormer window that is without…
Looking at mature old olive trees at Napa Valley Wine Reserve and thinking if this is the right tree for the Francis House facade.
Two weeks ago we posted a picture of our steel fabricator installing the framework for the exterior facade balconies. Today we came to visit his workshop where our balcony design has been meticulously brought to life !
Bertram-Blondina Stair Company did the preliminary work on the stairs today. It would be swell to get to the 2nd and 3rd floors in a civilized manner: am tired of climbing the ladder !
The utility building is in the works. Getting the footers and piers ready for pouring.