Home Care & Storage
Keep your estate clean with our collection of efficient Home Care & Storage items, which will ensure your indoor rooms and garage will all be in order.
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Barware and Serving Accessories
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Heather's favorite room, the library, features a tiled fireplace and cherry bookcases that line the walls. Oak floors with Oriental rugs warm up the room. Guests can enjoy high tea and cocktails, or check their e-mail with included Internet access. Although Heather says, "We really hope our guests can lose themselves in the mountain beauty and dozens of available activities, and pack away their laptops for awhile."
Naturally High-tech Home
Just as there is no furnace, there is no air conditioning in the home. After studying the angles of the sun for over a year, the Pfeiffers deliberately positioned the house in an East-West orientation to take advantage of passive-solar energy. In summer, the sun rises above the eaves of the house so the stone mass of the home stays cool. In winter, the sun rises below the eaves and warms the thermal mass all day long.
The Pfeiffer's Concrete Mediterranean style house boasts a Great Room that includes a Tulikivi fireplace and a pizza oven, plus plenty of plush seating. Discover Frontgate's relaxing Indoor Furnishings, including distinctive seating and thick, durable area rugs.
In another innovative feature, the wavy 10-ton masonry wall that embraces the Great Room's Tulikivi fireplace is a stunning sculptural element and heats the room like no ordinary fireplace can. The wood-burning Tulikivi's soft radiant heat spreads evenly, sinking warmth into the niche-filled fireplace wall that is molded of soapstone and plaster. The clever addition of bench seating was based on Danuta's serpentine design, and she had a pizza oven installed above the fireplace. "Now I have the distinction of being able to seat 17 people on a wall for a pizza party," laughs Danuta.
No matter whether the air is warm or cool, Robin insists that the air inside the home is fresh. He's the mind behind the fresh air system that completely exchanges the entire home's air every 12 hours. They've also added an internal vacuum system that directs dusty, vacuumed air outside. Even the home's decorating was done with a nod toward the cleanest possible air all furniture is leather-upholstered or crafted of wood. A lack of window dressings, wall-to-wall carpet, and cloth furniture keeps dust to an absolute minimum. "We never get colds," Robin says. "We just don't get sick."
Working out the thousands of little details of the home, visible and hidden, required a lot of give and take. "All the smart, environmentally sane ideas you don't see in the house are 100% Robin's," admits Danuta. "All the things you do see are 80% mine." Their emphasis on energy efficiency pays off: utlity bills range between $100 to $150 a month.
"The warm stain and fabulous bullnosing make the counters look like fine stone," comments Danuta. Keep your kitchen clean and orderly with our Kitchen Storage & Maintenance products.
The Pfeiffer's Concrete Mediterranean style found its way into the kitchen, too. The solid concrete countertops take the wear and tear, but are hardly standard-issue concrete. "The warm stain and fabulous bullnosing make the counters look like fine stone," comments Danuta. The kitchen cabinets also fool the eye. "We tell people the cabinets are exotic monkey wood," laughs Robin, "when actually they're constructed of high-density plywood with a fantastic paint job that looks like beautifully grained wood."
The Great Room's vaulted ceiling, built using fir beams and tongue-and-groove decking milled from the property's forest, softens the stucco and concrete in the home. The vaulted beam ceilings are also echoed in the master bedroom and tower office upstairs, and are cherry-stained for an extra dash of red color and coziness.
One of the Pfeiffer's most striking acquisitions hangs above the long dining table. Discovered at an auction preview, the stunning 28-light chandelier is a Capodimonte porcelain fixture, crafted in the famous 15th-century Neapolitan tradition. Another brilliant indulgence was crafted by a local iron artist specifically for the Pfeiffers: he hand-forged the lighted grape trellis sculpture from which dozens of wine glasses dangle in striking fashion. The same artist also hammered the grand copper hood that vents the kitchen's commercial-grade stove.
Rewards of Wine Country
In 1984, the Pfeiffers planted their first 15 acres of Pinot Noir grapes. Today, the boutique winery's 70 acres support grapes for outstanding, high-end Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and more. Robin stores favorite vintages in an energy-saving wine cellar that operates sans air-conditioning. A wooden doorway off the foyer opens to a narrow passageway that descends 3 feet down to the earth-cooled treasury of Pinots from the property's vineyard.
Outdoors, a lake of stamped-concrete terrace pavers, excellently composed, form two circular patios that cascade from the tower entrance, while an upper level covered terrace includes a fireplace that doubles as a barbeque station. All-season entertaining takes place here, with built-in bench seating for relaxing and ample space for dancing under the stars.
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