It’s down to the last touches on this project; the owner has actually moved in among the dust of the punch-list tasks. These books were saved from the house before the project – and add a musty sense of history to the place! I think they look great in the painted shelves. The ‘library-style’ lights above each shelving bay will cast light on the books and other items.
These adjustable lights are hardwired, mounted at the top of the built-ins. This is part of the Dining Rm that will also be used as a home office / library. The view from the entry hall seen below (photo is slightly blurry; this project hasn’t been professionally photographed yet – this is still my point+shoot)…. I like this light fixture – I’ll find out where the owner got it.
The kitchen / great room seen below has french doors opening to the rear patio, with a continuous slate floor from American Slate. (among other punch-list details, the threshold here will be modified to better ‘disappear’). The simple, geometric stainless steel hood is by Viking.
Below is a sketch of an alternating tread stair I designed to access a raised sleeping loft in the guest area of this house. These types of stairs take up half the length of a typical stair and are good for space constraints, as we have here. This hasn’t been completed yet, or photographed – more to come!
Permits in hand, lot-split done, demolition has begun on the “1950s time capsule” as posted back in August. Kitchens, bathrooms, carpeting (ew), doors, windows, rotten framing, etc, all being torn out. Being a fan of most things mid-century, it’s been bittersweet to watch this phase. They’d probably have my head over at Save the Pink Bathrooms knowing what was done here! (we demo’d 5 of them) But we’re going at it green: we’ve found new homes for most of the furniture, cabinets, appliances, and cars (there were 2 ’60s T-birds and a Datsun in the garages). I couldn’t resist taking an aquamarine refrigerator to use as our liquor cabinet.
Some random objects among the dust and debris. The 1980 election bumper sticker is a sign of the last time this place was lived in – 30 years ago! The brown-green couch may look stylish, but its cushions are rock-hard. And then there’s that smell pictures can’t show…
Rough electrical is almost done, and rough plumbing has begun – we’re upgrading where it needs doing. There was a good amount of rot in the subfloor plywood which created a spongy walking experience.
There’s a long way to go with this remodel – as seen below the buildings are pretty cracked-out! No pun, the stucco is actually cracked. We’re in the process of ousting the nasty pigeons from the balconies. Those plywood ‘railings’ and flimsy windows’ days are limited. I really like the trees in the rear yard and we intend to keep them. More to come!