Style: Craftsman, new construction, private office suite
Size: 600 sq ft., free-standing building
Location: Napa

Scope of project: From the ground up, including landscaping, drainage, sprinklers, and underground utilities. Brought in an architect to create a stylish building that would be an efficient, compact, and pleasant work environment.

Distinguishing structural features: Several 50-year-old Redwood trees lined the property at the rear of the building pad, causing concern about roots undermining the foundation. A commercial foundation was engineered consisting of a continuous, steel-cage footing with twelve inches of concrete over a double-matt, #6 rebar, six inches on center.

Special appointments: Vaulted ceilings with skylights on the north side give natural light without the summer heat. All cabinets are custom made of Alder wood with vertical grain, built on a rake to go with the sloped ceiling. Counter tops are Youba Tuba granite. Interior accents: fluted casings, corbels, and trim. Tile was laid on a diagonal with small diamond shaped accents incorporated.

The exterior over-hang beams and entry way consisted of hand crafted radius work to the rafter tails. The trellis is constructed with re-sawn, Douglas Fir beams, that were accented with custom detailing to coordinate with the office building. Slate tile under the trellis area was laid on diagonal with an eight-foot circle in the center, requiring intense labor. Custom made copper gutters add the finishing touch to the exterior.

Project challenges: The city required that fire sprinklers be installed in the vaulted ceilings. The sewer system could not plug into the other buildings and needed an engineered tank and pump. Building needed to be off grade for drainage.