A couple of years ago I got a call from Janet Hall, one of our Remodelista cofounders, to say she and her husband, Mark, had just bought a house in Napa.
“Janet, buying a house in the span of a week?” I thought. As Janet herself says, “I’m not impulsive, I’m the opposite, so this was not a characteristic move for me. It wasn’t in our life plan, we never intended to move to Napa.” So when I heard the news, I knew the house had to be spectacular.
A bit of backstory from Janet: “We had been living in SF for more than a decade, but with both of our children (read: young adults) in college and grad school, we were looking to downsize. We were in the beginning stages of exploring Berkeley, but one day Mark found an intriguing midcentury house in Napa on a real estate website. He convinced me to have a look, just as a lark—we’d go wine tasting afterward! The minute we walked in the door, it was love at first sight. We saw it on a Sunday, went back for a revisit on Wednesday, and put in an offer on Thursday.”
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Photography by Daniel Bernauer.
“We wanted to bring the kitchen back to a language that matched that of the architecture,” Janet says, “while at the same time maximizing our limited work space (before the remodel, there was one tiny undercounter fridge!). Of course it was going to be Henrybuilt. As a longtime evangelizer for the company, first with my ‘Remodelista hat’ on, and now as the company’s director of business development, I was confident in the superior performance aspect. But it was Henrybuilt’s craft quality I was most excited about. I wanted to raise the kitchen to the level of the interior of the house.”
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