Taplin Family Gathering Area
St. Helena, CA
Napa Valley’s light and landscapes provide endless opportunities to incorporate the environment into architectural design. To create a gathering space for the members of a large, 5th generation Napa family, we transformed an existing covered barn into a versatile entertaining area. Our clients’ goal was to honor the barn’s functional aesthetic while enhancing the interior with a warmth appropriate for family events. We added a wood ceiling and refinished the existing concrete floor and steel support beams in a complementary palette. Additional features that improve the functionality of the space include new cabinets and counters, a work island bar, and new restrooms. Rain chains enhance the exterior profile while improving drainage around the building. Folding glass walls add to the flexibility of the design.
Heritage family barn modernized with care