Monthly Archives: June 2010

mid-century remodel….construction

STEEL!  Here are a couple of beams ready to be installed in the ceiling/roof of the mid-century house, so we can remove most of the walls in the living areas.  (quick reminder: this project consists of [2] buildings on a lot – a single family house, and a 4-unit apartment building on the other end.  as part of the project, the lot was split into 2)

It’s exciting to see these big structural pieces arrive so the spaces can start to take shape.  Below is a slot cut in the ceiling for one of the steels where the rafters crossed.

The sheetrock crew is up in the apartments on their stilts, mudding and taping the walls.  (There’s still evidence of that robin’s-egg blue that was throughout the buildings, seen below.)

Boxes of tiles in various colors and shapes from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito.  The outside of the buildings will start to shape up soon – windows arrived this week.  Sliding doors from IWC were installed in the apartments last week.  (we don’t love the curved handles and will swap them out!  it seems the ‘standard’ is almost always less preferable)

Another fairly foggy day so the view isn’t visible – but it’s a beautiful one.  We chose a dark bronze anodized finish to give them more contrast and accentuate the lines in this geometric 50s building.   Below, at the house, we’re closing up one of three garage doors to create living space – a new footing will be poured.  Who needs three cars?   Stay tuned!

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sweet master suite

This whirlpool tub was probably sexy in the early 1980s when it was put in!  I can see the candles burning, some music playing…Alas, the new owners have grown tired of its angled charm, and want better use of the square footage.  This project is to reconfigure a top floor gabled master suite in a 1907 San Francisco house.

The bathroom is a series of steps, resulting in a cramped shower!  Who doesn’t love the backstage makeup lighting?  There is a dormer that runs along one side of the house – with no windows – that we’re extending to the back wall (see below), and adding windows to.

It was smart to get the extra headroom in this small top floor space by adding the dormer.  I enjoy a dark sleeping space but a windowless bedroom is  gloomy and doesn’t conform to code (light, ventilation, egress…)

Those little black lights continue into the bedroom.  We’ll be adding windows to the tv wall, and all new finishes / built-ins.

Once the angled-tub is gone we’ll remove part of the wall to capture more of this southwest view over the rolling hills.

Then there’s the ‘burnt-toast bathroom‘ on the lower floor that we’ll be updating, taking out those big square tiles that look like a breakfast mishap.  Part of that is to relocate the door so you’re not looking directly from the kitchen to the – oh, hello – toilet! 

More to come with this ….

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