A Google Find

My habit of doing a Google search on The Francis House “fished” out something new. Thank you Esther J Williams for painting The Francis House. We hope to meet you one day and show you how the property has been transformed.  

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Fourth of July

Model Bakery makes any day start the way it should. Inspired and fed.   Calistoga is such a small community. I love bumping into neighbors who are now friends.   And meeting up with relatives who flew all the way from Hong Kong to see our progress.   And of course, Richard makes everything wacky…

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The Rear View

We got invited by a neighbor whose balcony happens to be a good vantage point for the rear of the building. We always show the front facade but the rear is equally as impressive.     With an abundance of Behrens Wines and lively conversation, it was surely is one of the best summer dinners…

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Landscape Progress

The underground sprinklers are installed in the areas where grass will be planted.   And the utility building is now adorned with the custom steel windows and doors.   This section will comprise of the infrared sauna and salt room, a space for 2 massage beds (for outdoor massages) and an outdoor heated shower.  …

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Ever heard of milkweed ?

Ever heard of milkweed? Milkweeds are a critical resource for our whole environment. The nectar in all milkweed flowers provides valuable food for butterflies (Monarchs especially), bees and other pollinators. After months of testing, we have chosen to provide Ogallala hypodown pillows for our guest rooms; a naturally hypoallergenic blend of white goosedown and Syriaca…

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The Napa Valley Wine Train

We’ve been up and down Hwy 29 for the past 3 years, almost everyday since we began restoration on the Francis House. But seeing the vineyards and the wine country going through Napa, Rutherford, Oakville, and St Helena while sipping some champagne was a treat and a half ! Thank you for the complimentary ride…

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The Long Table

I always dreamed of having a long table. This setting is the ultimate to many conversations, communal meals and laughter. Will attempt one just like this in the rear of the building.

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Forni Brown & Welsh

Sadly, we are not ready for planting yet but we did a little consulting with the pros today. The varieties of peppers and basils were astounding! I can’t wait till next year.            

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The Progress on Front Doors

Now the front photographs will no longer have the plywood board as the centerpiece ! The week, with some rain that came our way, gave us time to do some work indoors. The main entry doors are now up ! But wait, it will look better than that when the glazing and the brass rosette…

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Tea Tasting Heaven

In the past 3 years, while construction was going on, I was also doing some “construction” with my kitchen and food project. Here are my choices for tea offerings, the world is well represented, I must say.     Tisane and Herbal Teas from Leaves & Flowers.   Green Teas (matcha & genmaicha and sencha)…

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Front Door Main Entrance Glazing

They all said we had to go standard classic with a script font for the doors. Except me. They all said my design was out of the norm and it won’t enhance the historic nature of the building. Now that this is done, they are all thankful that I stood my ground. After all the…

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Villa Ca’Toga

As stunning as this house is, artist/owner/hosts Carlo Marchiori and Tony Banthutham are equally fascinating company ! Thank you for welcoming us soon to be Calistoga residents.                

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

It was a long time before we found the place where the wind was just right and a longer time to get the balloon inflated to the right direction of the wind. But waking up at 5 am to see the Valley wake up to a glorious weekend was a fun thing to do to…

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Friends Abound in Calistoga

Meeting Jill & Robert in an Indian restaurant in San Francisco was serendipity. I believe, if not a year ago, because of many shared interests, our paths were bound to cross. Thank you for another amazing evening, dear friends. We always love a visit to your beautiful home.    

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You Can’t Turn These Down.

Meeting creative Calistoga business owners is a lot of fun and especially so when chocolate is involved. Thank you Laura for meeting with us today and discussing how we could work together when we open. These are delectable confections we may be offering at turn down service. Believe me, it will be hard to turn…

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Floor Talk

Laying the European White Oak hardwood floor planks on the Mansard Roof Floor. The cork underlayment is an added layer for added insulation and sound proofing.   While investigating the options on the direction of the planks in the landings where we have a marquetry center.

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Rain Rain Go Away

The 4 days straight of heavy downpour leaves us with a lush and vivid green. And this morning the Francis House received our order for 15 gallon English Laurel hedges which made us look like a nursery. Seeing this marks the beginning of our landscape work.  

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Stone Columns

With the chisel and skill these stone masons have, these 2 columns are the closest we will get to seeing the basics of temple building in King Solomon’s time.      

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Mid-Day Break

Breaking for lunch with a quarter of our crew (the others were camera shy). These group of dedicated workers are what makes coming to the job a pleasure despite the everyday challenges. Thank you to our “Jesus” team.  

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Tax Credit Application

224 photographs, 75 pages of architectural plans. 2 Letters. Multi colored pens for marking. Multi colored binder clips. Multi colored post it notes – all strewn on our dining table. Many late nights working on our Tax Credit application. After 3.5 months, we finally have our dining table back  

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Waterproofing the Guest Room Shower Areas

No. We are not painting them fuchsia. This is the waterproofing membrane before the tiles are laid. Assembly style system is employed here: so all bathrooms get this first and then the tiles, followed by the slabs and grouting. The challenge is that its been rainy and humid lately so we’re cranking up the heat…

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Ira Yaeger’s Wappo Indians

The most fulfilling encounters we have in the journey of this rehabilitation is meeting local craftsmen, artists and neighbors. Ira Yaeger is one prominent artist who lives between Calistoga, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico and whose vivid sketches of Wappo Indians remind us of the indigenous people that were the inhabitants of Calistoga. The…

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Kiss the Frogs

Every decision we made on which pieces we would acquire for the property took time (a year and more), many phone calls and many discussions (that bordered on arguments) and many negotiations. This is in the top 10 of things we vacillated about and now that it is 3/4 done, we are confident we made…

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Newel Posts

The Francis House is special thus the search for newel posts for the 3 flights of stairs needed to be out of the ordinary. The search is over with these 6 solid mahogany newel posts that we found from Philadelphia.  

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Guest Room Wall Colors

Guest Room Wall Color Runners Up.     After 2 days of deliberation, under the same natural light conditions, we are going with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. Middle photo shows the winner. Big decision. Done.  

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Sadness and Sorrow through Napa Valley

The past 6 days of sharing and being in contact with neighbors who we hardly knew before the fires happened, is the beginning of a bond we will always remember. Richard on Day 1 and 2 camped in the property, with no food or drink. Days 3-5 were made easier by the hospitality of neighbors…

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The Past 5 (Fiery) Days

Richard wasted no time and was in Calistoga by Tuesday afternoon, with a 300 meter no joke firehose. He was determined to be there to save the Francis House in the safest way he could. And I was glued to the live cameras in the property. I took these screenshots showing Richard and how he…

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New 8″ Water Pipes

I was astonished that we had to replace the water pipes ! Well, fifty years ago (when the property was last inhabited) they had an inch diameter cast iron water pipes. I wouldn’t think that would be safe for me, for our guests so here are new 8″ vinyl water pipes for the Francis House.…

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Progress this Week

This week was a busy one. For starters: we decided on Indian Kota Bluestone for our rear hardscape by the pool.   Balconies were tested for fit;   And the last stone apron we restored from the original stone was installed.

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Utility Building is Racing with the Main House

I can’t get over how blue the skies are in these photos.That aside, it’s been a while since we last showed photos of the main house interiors (a lot is happening but nothing as interesting as the utility building which is, the Francis House’s lifeline as it will house all the equipment necessary for the bed…

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Thru the Eyes of a Teenager

On a 4th of July visit, our nephew Zack, an avid photographer with a super keen interest in construction and real estate came with us to see the progress of the Francis House. Here’s what a teenager saw amidst all the mess, the discussions, the debates and the details of restoration. They are interesting images…

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The Original 2 Dormers

These mahogany windows have stood the test of time. Like any natural material exposed for more than a century: the cracks, the discoloration, holes and signs of wear are seen vividly in the darker wood (upper part of window) which is the restored part of the third floor dormer windows. The lower part of window…

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4th of July

There is nothing in this post that shows 4th of July. Except it was really taken today, July 4. And because the parade passed across the house, we basically had a “private” viewing. Happy 4th of July and this time next year we hope to be in the Francis House pool ! 🙂   Thanks…

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Second Set of Roof Gutters

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.    

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The Model Window

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…

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Balconies in the Making

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 !    

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Dormer Window Template is in the House

A dormer window was delivered today “for size”. Once it is confirmed to fit snug, then the rest of the dormer windows will follow. We had used the original restored dormer windows as template. And they are not replicable by machine. Hence the handmade nature entails time…. patience and a long wait for the roof!

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Omelettes as a Canvas

On weekends, I accumulate a plethora of produce from the Green Market. The classic omelette makes for a great canvas to blanket all these: here, shiitakes, parsley, marjoram and shallots in brown butter.

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Vegetable Bibimbap

We’ve been eating our ideas for coming breakfast @ The Francis House for dinner. Tonight’s was Vegetable Bibimbap ! The sriracha and gochugaru flakes is an equal substitute to perk me up coffee!!

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Falling in Love with a Door

I fell in love with a hotel door. I was in Copenhagen last year and stayed at the Hotel D’Angleterre (Photo 1). Did some research when I got home and found a similar one (Photo 2).   We have decided to use a dual combination and key lock from Emtek (guests will choose what they…

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The Way California Does Breakfast

All these food posts are, to me, the perfect way to start the day. Having been re-reading my Ottolenghi cookbooks, I was inspired. Hence these little pots with a scoop of avocado, a few chorizo slices, baby asparagus and a runny boiled egg … drizzled with Persian lime olive oil.   And a Baked Potato…

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The River Flows Through Us

After a Saturday walk through at the Francis House, Richard and I went to Calistoga Inn for lunch and passed by the Sharpsteen Museum to see the impressive cookie jar collection of a local resident. Richard’s curiosity found us meandering behind the Sharpsteen trying to find an alternate route back to the Francis House and…

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Watching the Windows Come to Life

Not everyday in construction is fun. But collaborating with very talented artisans and craftsman in Napa, like Dennis Douglas here, takes some anxiety off our backs. Rebuilding these dormer windows are complicated: they are all handmade. We would love them to be installed soon so the roof work can commence.          …

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Like a Vermeer Painting

Esteemed Napa Photographer Adrian Gregorutti shared some of the photographs he took of The Francis House in June 2008 : Eight years before we gutted and demolished the interiors of the building. The photographer’s grasp of the place show the time -worn building which teems with contrasting shadow and light: like a Vermeer painting.    …

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Waterproof Membrane

A pizza break was in order for these 16 men to do a full throttle installing the waterproof membrane (blue material) over the wooden sheathing. Rain means ” NO HOLDS BARRED”. All in a days work !           So until the sun comes out we have a “blue” do. Next up:…

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Wooden Sheathing

Challenge : Calistoga forecast is rain thru Friday. Solution : Sixteen expert men hustled to get the wooden sheathing to “sandwich” the insulation material Wednesday. This is crucial, the insulation material put up last week cannot get soaked.          

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What Size Beds ?!!!!!?

This is probably the most long-playing discussion Richard and I have had that I am throwing out there to get some wisdom. We have 5 guest rooms. Richard thinks we need all 5 bedrooms outfitted with California King size beds. I think we need at least 1 bedroom with 2 twin or double size beds.…

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Guest Rooms on 3rd: Wall Finish Options

One of the best things about construction and design is meeting, working and collaborating with talented and experienced artists such as Tina Wainwright, an artist who, together with her mother, has done a myriad of stunning work for designers such as John Dickinson and whose work as adorned many San Francisco Pacific Heights homes. Tina…

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Insulation and other Joys

Attempting to capture an angle of the bay window and got a magnificent ray of sunshine with it.   On the Ground Floor, the flue (the silver colored tube that juts off the stone wall) for the living room fireplace is in place.     Ingenious way of creating racks for drying the wood trims.…

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Kitchen Cabinet Winner

Two weeks ago, we posted 2 potential cabinet colors for the kitchen. There was an equal vote for both. Hence, Richard and I had to go back and choose a period style of cabinet that would still be befitting of the era of the house but in a color that we both agree on. White…

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Gingko Biloba Tree

The deciduous tree we would like to have at the entrance of the Francis House. Imagine… four of these, in each corner of a “square” and an old style fountain in the center. Wouldn’t that be so welcoming ?      

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Receiving Insulation on a Sunny Day

SDI Insulation started work today. Their work is limited to the 3rd Floor as the 2nd and Ground Floors have natural stone insulation. This should be done by tomorrow and then the roofers take over to create the long awaited (Mansard) roof. Dear Sun, glorious sun, please stay !  

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Organizing Pots & Pans

Looking thru my kitchen portfolio for past clients : I need to think about how I will be organizing pots & pans & their lids for the Francis House. Richard has vetoed hanging pots and pans overhead the island so we may go with either of this.    

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Calistoga Mystery Photo

The Calistoga Tribune tagged the Francis House as their Mystery Photo last week. There were 8 persons who guessed right (see article from the Calistoga Tribune). Thank you for being so observant of the step by step progress in your neighborhood. Soon, the building won’t be that mysterious anymore. 🙂

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Behind the Mansard Roof

Each time I climb the makeshift ladder to reach the 3/F, I ask myself what can make this floor as special as the 2/F (with interior stone walls). The 3/F will have walls that are essentially the inside walls of the mansard roof.         What do you think about a faux finish…

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The Inside is Clear

The G/F and 2/F was heavy with men and equipment, it is where all the work was being done when the rains poured heavy the last 2 months. Now that the sun is out, work is done outside and we are able to clear the interiors to get a feel of the size of the…

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Thinking (Black Bottom) Pool

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…

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Test Driving a Green Machine

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.  …

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Ira Yaeger & Les Indiens Royal

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.      

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Taking a (Breakfast) Break from Construction

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…

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Baby Steps are Still Steps

I know… I know… it looks like nothing much is happening but next week of good weather means full throttle on getting the trusses and wood sheathing in place. We target a roof up by April Fools Day (and that’s no April Fool’s prank !)  

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While we were “Conferencing” …

The two original restored bay windows (at the rear and at the side) were installed while we were at the Conference. What a difference it makes. All these restored architectural elements are what makes this house historic. Fifty years of neglect made good today !            

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Aboard the Queen Mary

What better venue for a Conference for InnKeepers and Small Hotel Owners than the Queen Mary ship docked in Long Beach. It’s a great time to break from the cold and wet weather in San Francisco to learn from the wealth of resources and attendees and speakers, all stalwarts in the hospitality industry !  …

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Sunny Days Are Here Again !

On the road to the Francis House this morning.   I stared at this sight for a long time today. The third storey took some time to appear !   Here are some old photos of the old wooden French mansard roof before we took it down. The new one is being made in the…

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Truss in Me

The skies are still dark but the sight of the new trusses (right length and angle this time) are making us see the rainbow at the end of the tunnel. When the rain goes away, the roof will come!        

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Truss in Me

It was hairy getting up two flights on a rickety ladder but the view from the top was exhilarating ! Considering the height restrictions on buildings in Calistoga, because of the historic nature of this property we are “grandfathered” and are the exemption to the rule. We can claim our “height” as one of the…

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The Weather Makes us Turn to the Finer Details

The week long continuous rains that has caused flooding in nearby Yountville and St. Helena has luckily spared the Francis House. I attribute this to our location being far from the larger bodies of water but more because of altitude. Calistoga is 348′ above sea level compared to 253′ for St Helena and 98′ for…

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On To Prettier Things…

A friend asked me today how I am enjoying the “dirty” work of construction when she knows the “high” I get from choosing furniture, lights, fabric and all the pretty things. I have been doing that too (backstage though). Since she asked, I will start sharing another side (the better side) of the project. Here…

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Making Old Windows New (and New Windows Old)

After 50 years of neglect, some windows still have life in them. The ones that do, we “resuscitated” and then the real work is in replicating these old growth redwood windows and trims by hand, mimicking the way they were done a century ago (without the hair dryer of course).   It is tedious work but…

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Welcome 2017 !

Thank you to all who work, toil, collaborate, support and share with us in this journey of restoration. 2017 is the year the Francis House will morph rapidly into our dream bed & breakfast property. We pray that this time next year, we will be celebrating a new year and opening our doors after 50…

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Kitchen Due Diligence

Doing more kitchen due diligence with Purcell Murray’s culinary director Larissa. Her many years of experience was a treasure trove in helping us make kitchen equipment decisions: induction vs gas, Thermador vs Gaggenau, full surface vs defined stove top and a host of other advice we are so grateful for. Blast freezer? Who would have…

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Masonry Haute Couture

If there is such a thing as haute couture for masonry work, this must be it ! After we had expanded the back opening, we are now replicating the “trim” that is on the front door to the back opening as well. Each of these stones are original to the building which we saved from…

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Bathroom Pipes

Working with an existing building means having to work with placement for the water and electrical stub ups. Here we will have to be creative in making the connections look like a design intention as they will need to travel a foot to where the ideal location is.  

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Bed Mock Ups

Architectural plans are “plans” but in the real world, nothing beats a mock up on site. Here we try to make sense of the space with the largest piece of furniture in the rooms, a king size bed mocked up.      

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The First Thanksgiving at FH

The first Thanksgiving at the Francis House is (rightfully) for the hard working crew and their families. Without them, without Ron and his crew, the restoration would not be proceeding as well, as merrily, as soundly and as efficiently as it has. Thank You.              

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Stub Ups are the Lifeblood of a Building

There are many things you take for granted (until you have it): like how power / electricity, water and heat get transported from the ground up, how it gets circulated and how, if you don’t plan intensively, one mistake could make that difference. Here are those stub ups / conduits sticking out from the 2nd…

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This Place Matters

  “This Place Matters”. Successful tactical urbanism projects around the U.S. — from parklets to pop-up shops — show that sometimes all it takes to bring a community together is a simple, accessible project. That’s why this month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is once again encouraging people in neighborhoods around the country to…

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Taking a Break off Construction Posts

A Gaggenau Class was in order today-  we needed some convincing that their Steam Oven with Sous Vide function was a tool to be had come breakfast time when the Francis House opens. Cooked salmon two ways: roasted and by sous vide. Of course the sous vide was a sky rocketing win! Lunch and learn…

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Getting Things Done Inspire of Rain

It has been raining in Calistoga (sad, but we do need the rain) so work has stalled. But here are this week’s photos:  below, showing the back opening with the beams.     And an interior shot with the second floor joists all in.     Slowly, we are getting a better sense of the (compact)…

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The Second Floor

This ladder is the temporary staircase to reach the 2nd Floor.   Second photo shows the Formloks that, when cement is poured over it, becomes the 2nd Floor. Composite Steel Floor Deck (brand name is Formlok) has a ribbed profile with embossments designed to interlock with concrete slabs, creating a reinforced concrete slab that serves…

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E.S. Moore’s Drawing of Calistoga in 1889

While waiting for my next appointment at the Project Site, I went browsing at Carmel Gallery 2 blocks away and saw this sepia drawing on the wall. It is the City of Calistoga depicting so few houses, and deeply an agricultural city. The Francis House stands prominent at the corner of Myrtle and Spring Streets.…

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Rear (View)

The rear door opening that will lead to an old fashioned black bottom pool. The landscape won’t be happening soon but this has been the focal design element for the back area and this door opening will frame that nicely.

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I love I-Beams !

The I-Beams keep Coming… this week the second and third floor beams were put in place. Suddenly, the scale is brought to light. For a single family home this may be generous square footage.  But is a small footprint for a bed & and breakfast property. The challenge is on for making magic with space…

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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…

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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…

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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.      

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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.      

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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…

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Lean on Me

Two weeks ago the bond beams have been filled with concrete. This week we begin building the interior steel “cage” which is an added interior support for the existing exterior stone walls. What this means ? The exterior stone walls have been stabilized and the interior steel cage is an added “brace” so they are…

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Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Bakers do that to a pan to ensure the batter is evenly distributed. It also “compacts” the mixture by ridding the batter of “air pockets.” Watch the men do the wiggling and shoving so the concrete fills every nook and cranny of the bond beams.  

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Pouring Concrete on the Bond Beams

Here is the crucial and monumental moment when the bond beams are injected with concrete. As mentioned in previous posts, the bond beam is a horizontal structural element, usually found as an embedded part of a masonry wall assembly. The bond beam serves to impart horizontal strength to a wall where it may not otherwise…

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The (James) Bond Beams

Bond beams are courses of block constructed with special units designed to receive horizontal reinforcement and grout. These units are used to integrate the horizontal reinforcement with vertical reinforcement bars in a reinforced masonry wall. Bond beams often are placed at regular intervals in the wall to permit placement of more reinforcement than would be…

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The “Facial” Continues

Driving to Calistoga on a 68 degree sunny day is part of the joyful “chore” of the project. It is the best tasting “coffee” in the morning. This week the task of drilling holes thru the stone walls then inserting plastic tubes that are injected with epoxy continues. That is what the Rafael is doing…

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Importance of Grouting

The rains last week put a halt with work on the stone exterior walls. But today we made decisions on the type and color of grout for the exterior walls. Proper grouting is a very important to the stability, waterproofing and aesthetics of a historic building. It basically means filling in the areas around the…

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The Francis House Will Become a Home Again

How many of you were born in The Old Calistoga Hospital?” Dwyer asked the audience at the Sharpsteen Museum last week, and about seven raised their hands. “It’s our intention to restore the structure to its original grandeur,” he continued. “The way James Francis envisioned it… as a home.” Dwyer said that he had just…

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Meet & Greet at the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga

Richard spoke before the “Community” yesterday March 3 at the Sharpsteen Museum. The large show of attendees and numerous questions confirm the importance of this landmark building in the City of Calistoga. Is this a rehabilitation or restoration ? It is both. In the demolition, we have collected some door knobs and architectural ornaments, and…

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