Monthly Archives: April 2010

pac heights winding down

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!

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1950s mid-century: demo

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!

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