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Jan 13 2017

Giving the Two Mules Vineyard House New Life

By Deven Paolo

The setting: A sprawling vineyard where premium pinot noir and chardonnay are grown. Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in Oregon's Willamette Valley and established in 2008, the Two Mules Vineyard is comprised of 10 acres of rolling hills covered in vines. Sitting on a hill is a house that just completed its transformation, and we were asked to assist in the home’s renovations.


Fireplace on the main floor.

Working with the architects at Olson Kundig and general contractor, Cellar Ridge Construction, we fabricated a custom fireplace, stairway, TV cabinet, bed frame, and reinforcement columns for a wall of windows. After more than 100 hours of work, the custom metal fabrication was completed in December of 2016. This house’s remodel was intensive and required a lot of on-site fabrication. The fireplace, stairs, and TV cabinet were all fabricated at Two Mules Vineyard to ensure the finished product was to the architect's clear and precise vision. There were many custom finishes and materials used to create a consistent look, including the outside anodized aluminum panels above the door.


TV cabinet on the second floor. 

For the wall of windows, we created reinforcement columns and a track along the floor. At the stairs, we fabricated the large steel faces and the steps, which we welded on-site. The tread was welded on one side and screwed into the adjacent wall. For the TV cabinet and fireplace, we created panels that were formed at Solid Form and then brought to the Vineyard to be fabricated. Working with such large finished pieces makes on-site fabrication necessary.


Staircase on the first floor. 

Using hot rolled steel, we fabricate in a way that maintains the original finish, creating interesting variations in the steel’s color. To prevent rust and to create more congruency in the steel’s appearance, we used a blackened wax and a clear coat to finish. Working in remodels of homes makes fabrication difficult, as the home has likely seen some settling. It’s tricky to get steel panels to align with walls that have moved over time, especially if they are built at a 45 degree angle, as was the case for this project. 


The reinforced window columns.

Overall, the finished industrial look is awe-inspiring. The massive floor-to-ceiling steel creates statement pieces that are also functional. Looking to update your home? We can bring our custom metal fabrication and design services to you and your next project. Contact us for a free estimate! We look forward to working with you.

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