Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mill Valley remodel

Face lift nearing completion….here’s the house as of a week ago.  Come to think of it, this is one of my first forays into suburbia.  Now if I can only skip ahead to rurality (which I admit I didn’t know was a word until now – fact-checking!) and do a house in a field or the woods… Suburbia is a good start: not only is this house detached from its neighbors (very un-SF) but it’s located on a cul-de-sac.     From this angle you can see the standing seam metal at the lower roof.  The Hardie siding is being applied.  The siding and the roofing are very close in color (closer than I would choose) and I’m not sure if this is the final paint color for the siding… The bay windows in the bedrooms give some movement and definition to the upper floor – they will be painted a dark color close to the window jamb color.  They are Alumatherm windows – a local company in the east bay – and have been installed at the front for a few weeks now.A view from outside what will be the front door with the horizontal awning above (a few weeks earlier before siding).  Love those pom-pom plants!  One thing I prefer about dark bronze anodized windows (or black) is that the divisions disappear, and the dark reflections on the glass blend into the frame.  It’s an unfussy look. There’s some steel in the awning, which cantilevers about 5′ from the existing lower roofline.  This is inside one of the bedrooms with a new bay window at the front – vaulted ceiling.  The exposed framed area on the right is the new 3′ addition. More to come!

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duboce triangle framing

The framing is almost complete on the condo project.  You can walk through each unit and see the layouts, the rooms, the windows.  Lately I’ve been digging through the jobsite to secure some of the remaining old redwood framing to reuse on the interior.   Much of it has already been reused in new wall framing.We set some of the windows pretty high because on this urban lot the views are really up and out, not down (into adjacent yards / clotheslines). There’s the fog rolling in – but this western view shows the amount of light that will pour in.  The future’s so bright, [you] gotta wear shades This top floor view looking south to a distant hill. There will be wall-to-wall multiple-sliding doors in this opening out to a small deck.  Most of the condos are duplex (two-floor) setups with the living spaces on the top floor and bedrooms down below.  Given the choice we opted to provide better views and light to the rooms where you typically have your eyes open… This window looks up the street – makes for a nice perspective drawing. Some various scenes out of windows showing the range of each condo’s views. Above are shots looking down a new stair and a long skylight above another stair.More to come!

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