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Style: Residential, Craftsmanship
Size: 5,100 sq. ft. main and 800 sq. ft. detached garage, plus 1,600 sq. ft. of porches
Location: Napa Valley, rural setting with stunning views of rolling hills

Scope of project: (This is phase two of Residential Portfolio Project 5) Foundation was partial on main house with a residence in place. Structure had to be demolished around foundation. 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. (Phase one of this project included a 2,400 sq. ft. guest house.)

Distinguishing structural features: Vaulted ceilings throughout the interior. includes a solarium that has a 320 degree view, with 18 ft. vaulted ceilings, and with a wrap around porch. The porches were constructed using open beams and posts ranging in sizes from 8X8-12X12. Features breath taking views from the 1,600 sq. ft. of custom concrete porches that surround the residence.

Employs a unique integration of construction materials (stone, concrete, and wood). They work well together, creating an aesthetically appealing project that blends well with the surrounding landscape.

Special appointments: The centerpiece of the interior is the central fireplace. The lower section was wrapped with granite up to mantle height and custom Oak wainscot was applied with routing details. Modern kitchen, custom oak cabinets with detail drawers and doors, complimented by granite with honed-edge detailing, with a wrap around island. Random plank red oak was custom milled for the floors.

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 exterior walls are finished with a concrete shingle that is fire resistant and saves energy. The retaining 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 and for entry approaches to the building. Concrete was finished with stamped color and was detailed with borders.

Project challenges: Working with the existing foundations and elevations in hopes of utilizing some space, did not meet engineer’s recommendations. Some of the existing grade beams had to be demolished and we had to place in new grade beams. Roof system was very complicated with coffer ceilings and a hip roof.