On a winding road in the hills above St. Helena in the Napa Valley, our
challenge was to
build a "Modern Mediterranean" villa; providing great care in creating
the symmetry and
finish details to realize the client's design requirements. Construction
began using ICF -
Integrated Concrete Form - utilizing 100% polystyrene.
All interior and exterior plaster was color integrated to achieve the
desired effect. In order to
create clean lines and stark transitions between materials, most door
trim, crown-style moldings
The villa is equipped with a solar hot water heater, radiant and
domestic heating system and
a solar PV electric system for maximum energy efficiency.
In combining the best of the old and the new, the roof uses 200 year old
"S" style shingles in place of newer virgin material.
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Great care was taken during the construction
process to keep the one lane road accessible
to the neighbors. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, the
soils that were required
to be removed during the course of construction were either reused or
sent to a local infill
project 20 miles away. Additionally, each of the unique homes is equipped
with Solar Radiant
Heated Flooring and domestic hot water along with Solar PV Electric
Systems. The highly
insulated ICF construction and passive solar design were used whenever
possible for the most