Style: Craftsman/Ranch, new construction, guest-house, referral
Size: 2,400 sq. ft., on 3 acres, 200 feet from main residence
Location: Napa Valley, rural setting with stunning views of rolling hills

Scope of project: (This is phase one of Project 9) Two-story structure, 1,200 sq. ft. upper main living area with 1,200 sq. ft. lower level with garage, wine cellar, entryway, and bathroom. Foundation was already in when Forbes & Sons was contracted to build out the project, including handling the general engineering and installing over 1,000 feet of underground for mainline electrical and utilities.

Distinguishing structural features: Specially engineered steel I-Beam floor system, totally supporting the upper story without the use of load bearing interior walls or posts. Split-level design and the unique integration of construction materials (stone, concrete, and wood) work well together, creating an aesthetically appealing project that blends well with the surrounding landscape.

Special appointments: Modern kitchen, custom oak cabinets with detail drawers and doors, complimented by granite with honed-edge detailing. Random plank red oak was custom milled for the floors. 9’ ceilings throughout, recessed in living room, with crown molding with detailed scalloping. Instead of tile, all bathroom vanities, showers, bathtubs, baseboards, and floors were finished with slabs of marble and granite imported from Italy, hand crafted with detailed scroll work and fluted edges.

The upper level exterior walls are finished with a concrete shingle that is fire resistant and saves energy. The lower level exterior walls are of ledge-stone veneer. Exterior detail also includes routing and fluting to posts, beams, and railings.

All concrete was custom designed with numerous landings and stairs working their way up the hill. Concrete was finished with stamped color and was detailed with borders.

Project challenges: Engineered floor system of steel I-Beam eliminating the need for supporting posts or walls. Because the foundation and steel I-Beam floor did not allow venting and duct work to pass through, a special HVAC had to be engineered and installed in the roof structure.