CONSTRUCTION FIRMS SPECIALIZING IN PEERLESS RESIDENCES
The Grassi Residence
A SMALL COMPANY THAT PRIDES ITSELF ON DOING BIG WORK by Amy Meadows Nine years ago, Mark Grassi had his plate full, building beautiful upscale residences and estates throughout Napa and Sonoma Valleys. His firm, Grassi & Associates, Inc., had become one of the area’s preeminent custom-home builders, recognized for its exceptional craftsmanship, remarkable innovation, and unwavering commitment to excellence. In fact, clients found themselves returning to Grassi and his team of artisans year after year as they added new buildings and features—from guesthouses and pool houses to outdoor kitchens—to their typically expansive properties.Yet it came as a bit of a surprise
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when one of the firm’s long-term clients made an unusual request. “One of our clients had purchased a 200-acre property and wanted to build a winery,” recalls Grassi, who founded Grassi & Associates more than 20 years ago after discovering a true passion for home building while working in construction during college. “We had never built one before, but soon we realized that the aspects associated with building a winery are actually very similar to those of building a high-end residence. While a winery is a commer-
cial building, it’s not industrial. From the language of the building to the level of the finishes used, the client wanted top-quality work.” The firm not only delivered in spades, but also began to carve out an exclusive niche for itself in the local industry. Today, Grassi & Associates splits its time between estate and winery projects,
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With grown children who live on their own, Mark Grassi wanted to build a home for himself and his wife that would allow them to live modestly and comfortably while having the option to host family visits. The result of his vision—and collaboration with local architect Juan Carlos Fernandez—is a spectacular residence that features two interconnected buildings and a seamless mix of indoor and outdoor living spaces.
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