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.
A close-up view of the one of the 10 vertical I-beams that are now being bolted onto the foundation.
A piece of century old millwork that we are trying to preserve. The paper ticket of the East Oakland Planing Mills is still in tact on the window jambs.
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…
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.
Last step in the cement pouring process is mechanically spreading it for an even distribution.
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…
The stub ups for heating, electrical and plumbing lines are in place.
The preparations for the ground level flooring is being laid now: (1) the vapor barrier (plastic like sheeting) has been laid followed by (2) insulation material. Next layers are the reinforced bars and then the concrete gets poured – these will happen tomorrow.
Stabilizing the main entrance of the building and giving it a new keystone above where the main entry door would be. This marks a new beginning for the 130 year old landmark building.