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Case Study: Alban Adobe Casa, Alban Vineyards

March 26, 2014

The Alban Adobe is the family home of the owner of Alban Vineyards, the first American winery and vineyard in Edna Valley, California. Established exclusively to harvest Rhone Varieties, the 250-acre property has been featured in a made for TV movie about wine and cooking. The exterior tin ceiling tiles were added during a recent renovation, which will be featured in a soon-to-be released coffee table book, “The Building of the Alban Adobe Casa,” for the owner to give to guests as part of the experience of visiting the estate.

Designed by Terry Simons, a general building and engineering contractor who specializes in residential, commercial, marine, and industrial development, this special homestead draws inspiration from some truly unique sources. Modeled after a replica of an original wood coffered ceiling in the historic 1850s Connecticut Mansion owned by Israel Kellogg, the cereal baron, they created a “barrel end” ceiling for the interior. The original logo on the wood paneling was a stylized “K” for Kellogg, which they changed to an “A,” for the Alban family. The entire project was made from recycled wine barrels- flat panels for the stenciled logos and original 1950s vintage oak wine tanks for everything else. Not wanting to leave the exterior unfinished, that got Terry and his crew thinking about using tin for exterior soffits as a way to match the ornate interiors.

Home Style: Mediterranean Modern

Home Location: Central Coast California

Patterns/Colors Installed: Pattern #24, Rustic Copper Translucent

How did you find out about tin tiles as an option?
We did about a year of online research before we started this project.

Did you consider any other materials?
We considered stucco and wood, but ultimately liked the historic feel of the tin.

Which installation type did you purchase?
For our unique exterior installation we used T-bar drop-in panels backed by 5/8” Type X 2x2 drywall drop-in panels for fire protection. This is an easy and flexible system that will allow for future maintenance and easy access to the grid.

Would you use it again?
Yes, client-willing. This is an exotic and premium looking material that requires a sophisticated client with a specific vision.

What has the response/feedback been like?
The vineyard guests are in awe at first sight. It really makes a unique impression that dazzles under the California sun and has gained a lot of local interest to add similar exterior accents.


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