A view of the rear facade.
Like the temple of King Solomon, our local stone artisans chisel away, using all the original stone saved from the demo, for use in filling in areas of the building where the original stone has been destroyed.
Labor of love has gone into the salvaging & restoration of these original redwood architectural ornaments.
On a clear day, we are getting the “foundation” for the Mansard roof all prep’d.
In consonance with the century old original stone building, we are attempting to carry over the old world aesthetic to the landscape and that includes the pool. Here, our pool consultant, pours acid on the Pebble Tec gunite samples and washed it off to show the color it would become when wet. The photo…
It was my bright idea to test drive the Tesla Model S, P-100-D and see if it can take us to Calistoga and back to the city without the “running out of charge” anxiety. Success : in Calistoga with still 65% of battery charge and a relaxed driver on the Auto Pilot function. …
We hope we don’t have to re-grout in a very long time. The gray grout was the best color choice to bring some depth to the warm yellow stone walls.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Tahini, Roasted Beets, Avocado and Chickpeas Canadian Bacon and Eggs
In studying what art is best to showcase at the Francis House, a prominent Calistoga historic property, we turn to local artists whose work celebrate the indigenous Wappo tribe. I discovered Ira Yaeger online after many hours and late nights of searching. See the man’s extraordinary talent and work here.
While I have been posting photos of construction work, there is kitchen work happening simultaneously. Here are some breakfast items that we have been working on: Sweet Banana Chocolate Blueberry Crepes; Blinis with Smoked Salmon Creme Fraiche ; and Roasted Asparagus on a Gruyere Topped Brioche . In 2013, I…