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master suite chopped

The rear wall has been totally removed in this photo….and the view appears (hello, neighbor).  The new steel finned ridge beam is in place. 

Another view out toward the recently removed rear wall.  Here’s a look along the existing windowless dormer.  Remind me again why you’d add a dormer with no windows?  The new framing here is the 3′ additional area we extended it to the rear.  This view is taken from the outer corner of the flat roof, which I’m glad is there so we can photograph from it!  This top floor level isn’t visible from anywhere else except neighboring roofs.  Below, a heap of scrap from this wall having been removed.  The wall had 3 layers of siding on it, down to the original redwood which was painted a nice green. Seen below is a view of the area of roof that was removed, and one of the windows has been cut out of the plywood.  This area will make a nice little roof deck to take in the view.  It’s like cutting into a cake!

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1950s apartment remodel continued..

Kitchens started going in at the apartment building, and I love the color!  The laminate finish is ‘Asian Night’ by Wilsonart with a contrasting edge band, which gives it a geometric look.  These kitchens being smallish, with 1950s 8′ ceilings, we ran the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  Tile is continuing at the bathrooms, starting with the showers.  Here are the (2) schemes we have, a green and a blue.  The green photo is awful and has some reflections going on –

The colors of the shower pans will continue across the room floor in a larger tile.  Backsplashes will be a third color.  Exterior paint has started on the rear side of the building – using Kelly Moore.  I was pushing for a bold, dark grey scheme; but I compromised and the main body color is very light.   Up close the contrast is glaring but we’ll see from the street below once the scaffolding is down.  The wood flooring is an engineered prefinished FSC-certified white oak glue-down by Berg & Berg.   There is a sound-mat below the flooring to reduce noise transmission – important in apartment buildings…! Better photos of that to follow.. Down at the single-family house, things are on a slower schedule so we can finish the apartments first.   The steel was installed.  The large triangle to the left was fabricated to avoid having a post sticking out in a bedroom; but the triangle will be visible near the ceiling – maybe as a painted accent in pink?


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80s party ends

Although the 1980s have had a rebirth in music and fashion for a few years now, we’re not seeing it back in design.  So the hot tub time machine was ripped out, and now the top floor is down to the studs.   It’s great to be able to actually walk up to this window and look out now. Some wackadoo framing is seen here at a low eave under the dormer: the short verticals under each rafter aren’t nailed into anything!  The space was originally an attic, so that the roof was framed in 2×4 at 32″ o.c.  Looks like someone eavesdropped a soda bottle in there…The image to the right shows a jumble of framing that prevents us from inserting a pocket for the closet door seen there.  We’re happy going with a bi-fold door to avoid a lot of re-roofing outside.  Stairs and the off-center skylight on the left.   We’ll smooth out those textured walls in the bedroom when it’s painted.  Below, a ready-made waterproof niche for the lower bathroom shower from Innovis.

Approaching the zipped-off lower bathroom from the kitchen.

The truck that takes it away – more to come . .

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