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boomerang farmhouse update

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A belated update on our Calistoga ‘boomerang’ (-shaped) farmhouse remodel. During the recent devastating wildfires in this and other areas, our clients were evacuated. With luck, the property was spared as the fire was contained to the west of town.  Our hearts go out to others whose lives were forever changed. wood sidingcedar sidingThe entrance above with sidelights is reflected in a door on the back of the house, creating a see-through effect. This is the transitional ‘knuckle’ of the house, and is clad in wood vs painted board & batten or siding. calistoga farmhouseThese photos are from earlier this year, and much progress has been made since. spray foam insulationWhile the exterior was painted, the interior was insulated. Spray-foam insulation solidified the vaulted ceiling spaces, batt insulation in walls elsewhere. vaulted ceilingFast forward to the walls and ceiling being enclosed! 🙂 The cabinets are seen being installed in this photo; kitchen on the left and bar on the right. The ceiling is painted v-groove 1x6s. The rafters are 4x6s; they are non-structural and were installed below the v-groove boards, which run continuously above the rafters. tongue and groove ceilingexposed raftersOther views in the main great room as walls and ceiling were being painted, and a ‘landlocked’ bathroom with new skylight above the shower. board and batten sidingWe will be sure to keep things updated a little more regularly – stay tuned!

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boomerang farmhouse

aptly named for its existing plan shape, this ranch sits at the edge of vineyards in northern Napa County.  This is the youngest house we’ve ever brought to the studs – built in 1988. Back then I was walking to the corner store with a friend, buying Cool Ranch Doritos and hearing Sweet Child O Mine croon from the radio as I passed by fields of the upstate NY type. (maybe this should be called Cool Ranch?!)wine-country-estatethe house is well-built and was cared for, but it just needs a little jolt from us to kick up the dust and bring it to 2016. Axl is still trying to make it happen but that doesn’t mean this house has to. vintage-blueprintone of the cool things about this ranch is that it came with original blueprints. hand-drawn plans and details! as you can imagine, one of the first things we thought of was to vault the ceilings and really appreciate / experience that gabled roof shape, from inside. that means removing a ton of trusses, 24″ o.c. … walnut-treeit’s a lovely location. the first thing you see from the road is the garage door, none of us like this but it has stay – only getting a makeover. below are a few more shots around the outside. where’s the front door?!farm-house-porchwine-country-ranchwine-country-housetons of butterceam yellow, eek – I really only like this on a cupcake. it’s really weird to me to see massive roofs leaning on spindly little posts. like I said, the house is ‘nice’ but isn’t living up to its potential in this location. water-tank-houseout in the back is the water tank building. around wine country you often see old water towers, with the tank at the top. this property has two wells. poolhousewe’re looking toward the rear yard, from where large doors will be located. fireplace1980s-interiorsinside is just, blah. finishes aren’t amazing, flat ceilings throughout, gigantoid fireplace and concrete hearth. sidenote: there are some brass faucets that were hot in ’88 and despised until a few years ago. it’s all cyclical. here are a few proposed renderings, showing the new entry and vaulted ceilings with rafters. farmhouse-entrance16_0907_rafters-and-curtain-covebelow are some more recent shots of what’s been going on: cupolafrom underwhelming entry to chopped off entry! the cupolas are staying, a client decision that I think is a good one. to-the-studsphoto on the left above is a slice through the house, at the boomerang ‘elbow’ where the new main entrance will be. see one of the wells in the foreground. on the right, to the studs: the future dining / living area and soon to be removed trusses. gable-farmhouseat the back / north end of the house will be the master bed & bathroom. the photo below is the stunning vineyard view directly across the street when leaving the driveway. this is why I’ve always said I feel like I can finally breathe when I get into the country – air, space, light, views, nature. stay tuned, more to come! vineyards

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sonoma farmhouse

to the studsThings are looking skeletal in Sonoma as the farmhouse is stripped down for rebuilding walls – insulating, plumbing, electric and new window / door locations. Above is a view into what was the bathroom and dressing room. old farm houseLike an open-air pavilion, the existing roof hovers above the completely open floor – seems like it wants to lift off! In the far end will become the great room – living / dining / kitchen. sonoma additionHere is a look at the beginnings of the master bedroom addition. On the upper right is an attic window that may become a fort for the kids. new additionThe addition will be connected to the existing / old house by a glass hallway, framed here. It forms a small recessed area perfect for plantings. wine country farmA few weeks later, plywood on the framing starts to give shape to the addition – a simple gable structure, which seemed appropriate for this house and its locale. The low gable seen to the right on the old house will be rebuilt to match the pitch of the addition roof. farm house remodelA look from inside at the master bedroom gable wall.  There will be two windows stacked vertically. me in sonomaHere I am standing on a heap of soil outside the house – not my typical site-visit attire! (we were on the way home from a casual weekend trip and we dropped in)

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