Sixteen years after building York Mountain Winery, Andrew York, constructed the Farmhouse in 1898. (We dig his priorities!) The home was a comforting place for his family as they lived their dream of growing grapes and producing wine atop York Mountain.
Through the years, the Farmhouse underwent many updates, yet nothing as great as our full remodel in 2013. The original home consisted of only the center section of today’s structure. The kitchen (an old cabin) was added in the early 1900s, and the great room was built in the 1970s. In 2013, we took the Farmhouse down to the studs for its most comprehensive renovation to date!
Original York Family Home
Restored Armstrong Family Home
When restoring the 115 year-old Farmhouse, we knew it would take more than a can of paint and new cabinets to breathe life back into the structure. This once abandoned house needed a major makeover to let the charm of original craftsmanship shine. To lead the restoration, we enlisted our design-savvy and in-house architect, Steve George. We knew with his guidance the completed home would reflect the historic integrity and charm of the original Farmhouse all while incorporating today’s modern conveniences and amenities.
Before renovation could begin, the Farmhouse needed to be stabilized with a new foundation...no easy undertaking! Once sturdy, the house was stripped down to the studs, ridding the premise of asbestos, lead paint, and black mold. Good riddance! Removal of the walls and floors revealed a maze of haphazard electrical and plumbing, along with the fireplace’s brick chimney that curved through the inside of the walls to connect to the smokestack that served the stove in the kitchen. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us, but we were on a mission to bring this iconic Farmhouse back to life.
Looking to the past helped guide many of the visual features found throughout the finished home. To achieve our restoration goals, we hired several specialized craftsmen. Thanks to their particular trades and passions, we were able to restore many of the original windows, save the linoleum-covered wood floors, and even carve a few interior doors to match the originals.
Details were key to this project! When it came to the finishing touches, architect Steve George searched far and wide to adorn the home with reflections of the past. The light fixtures and switches along with certain furniture pieces resemble those used at the turn of the 20th century, including the wrought-iron bed frames found in each beautifully designed suite.
Be it by gazing at the Farmhouse walls lined with images of times gone by, cooking a meal in the spacious kitchen bathed in California’s natural light, or by taking in the views of the mountain range that hug this magical section of west Paso Robles, this charming and historic Farmhouse is once again a place for family and friends to relish in memories of the past and dream of the future atop York Mountain.