We’re in crunch mode here moving along with all the finishes. New flooring and stair treads are going in right now, tile and interior trim has almost been completed, interior painting has begun. The first photo is the second floor which already had hardwood floor over the original softwood which has become the subfloor. We’re patching in new to match there.
We looked through various grays from ICI low VOC paint. It’s always amazing how a color changes when viewed on a wall; and how much of other colors you can see – from blue to green to tan – in different grays. We were looking for a ‘warm’ gray so we chose the one with the blue tape over it, far right:
More tile from Heath Ceramics on the bathroom floors and shower surround:
Original casing put back around new windows – (to be painted of course!)
We chose this simple 5-1/2″ profile for the new casing throughout where there wasn’t enough to reuse. It’s the right scale without being too busy or fussy.
We peeled off the uninviting plywood and exposed the storefront windows with old ads on them. From what neighbors tell us these were covered in the early 1980s. We’ll be cleaning this up and making a more transparent ground level here. We had to replace some missing plate glass along the left side; the right side were intact.
I guess the whiskey was a big seller!
Sidewalk landscaping: remove the concrete, plant some vegetation. A simple idea with a big impact, from increased permeability to aesthetically pleasing. I’m very excited about this area we will plant . . and add some green in front of the building.
A few weeks have gone by. . once the walls were taped, mudded and sanded we moved ahead to install new flooring – 3.25″ white oak – soon to be sanded and finished.
Once the floors went in we moved ahead placing cabinet boxes. We are installing kitchens designed by a local Scavolini [their website has some groovy tunes] shop. We used the same finish in both apartments to tie the building together.
I’m excited to see the tile from Heath Ceramics start going in, they have a really beautiful handmade quality. We are using mostly white tile in the bathrooms and kitchens to leave a clean color slate, but we chose a mix of pale greens for one of the bathrooms of the upper unit, and a brown for the master bath shower. The vanity cabinets in all bathrooms are rift white oak custom made from City Cabinetmakers here in San Francisco.
This mix of green tiles will cover the walls surrounding the bathtub/shower to the ceiling. Interior doors are being installed – we chose a two-panel square sticking style to be a cleaner version of traditional. A stack of original wood moulding awaits reuse.