from earlier 2017: ah, that 60s-paneling enclosed bathroom – so cozy when you’re doing your thing, smells great when the shower hits it, probably harbors zero germs – butttt, we decided to tear it out and tile the room. plus the floor was soggy and the toilet would tilt when you sat on it. i appreciate that the grooves align perfectly, and that everything is brown, brown, brown, (it is a bathroom after all). as we know from the previous demo, a wonderful pine ceiling is hidden above the paneling. so down it went. see? much nicer already, with the ceiling gone. adds good height to the room. Below, we next tackled the floor. A couple layers of linoleum and then the subfloor. The floor framing of this cabin is 4×6 @ 48″ o.c., and the toilet needed some additional new framing below it. we brought in a contractor friend for this ‘heavy lifting’ work.
we slid the new tub – Kohler Bellwether – into place on a piece of carpet, much better than lifting! the cast iron tub weighed 300lbs! and did a good job of weighing down our truck in the snow. we chose this over an acrylic tub because they retain heat better and i read that acrylic can crack – although i’ve never heard of this from any clients. meanwhile, we did find time to break away and hit the slopes at nearby Bear Valley in the continuous epic snowfall: it was the most snow in many years and hoping for more this winter! now that the tub was in and hardie backerboard installed, time to start prepping for tile install. *disclaimer, this is an informal blog, NOT an instructional story – do not try any of this at home!! we’re not experts! DIY DIY keep reading below for tile fun 🙂 Continue reading
at the castro corner house, the new walls were framed in, and sheetrock is now being installed.
above is the rough framed new stair to the first floor. about 20′ of new concrete retaining wall was poured along the property line.
in the photo above, part of the concrete wall is thinner to allow for the stair landing in this location – every inch counts to make the stairs work, especially in these narrow san francisco lots!
here the 6′ tall new concrete is furred out to allow for bathroom plumbing to run inside. new johns-manville formaldehyde-free insulation (for better indoor air quality) fills the wall cavities where there was no insulation before…..the globe is warming but we’re using more insulation now than we did in 1940. 🙂 from this point looking over the new stairwell you can see through the lower hallway and to the new garden door. a nice peek to the rear yard without having to go downstairs.. a view along the floor toward the new built-in bench, and spot where the gas fireplace will go. it’s a corner fireplace by Ortal. pretty slick! can’t wait to see it. we’re further along than these pictures show; some cabinetry is installed, and we’re selecting final finishes now. stay tuned, more to come!
I couldn’t help but think that slicing into a house is much like cutting into a cake, the inner layers and color are revealed. It’s been a while and much progress has on the master suite remodel. (are we in the final stretch?) The exterior is starting to shape up, windows installed, new cedar siding at the ‘cut / slice’ area, and Hardie plank siding around the rest of it. The interior has been sheetrocked (actually painting has started this week but no photos yet) and all windows installed: why would a view like this be blocked? I found 2 options to put on the 2 left windows up to the same line as the 2 right for waist-level privacy: either Gila or 3M via Window Solutions.
Holly Park in the distance, and fog creeping in on the left.
The distant view out of the vanity window on the left, and on the right, the more immediate view outside the bedroom window: well at least the bedroom now has a window = light, ventilation, escape! View below, from the bathroom.
Unpainted dormer and windows. ‘Wet area’ shower / tub have wonderboard and are ready for mud, tile, grout. – More to come soon!
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 . .
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 ….
Things are buzzing along, the crew is staying dry inside while the rain continues. I did a drive-by today to take some photos and see the tile on the wall…wow. This glass tile is in the master bathroom – ‘Repose‘ by Waterworks…no grout yet.
The main hallway: We’re using the original picture rail as a guide for establishing the tall door heights. (8′-4″). Other doors – closets and bathrooms, will be shorter. The bay window below – not a great place for a fireplace! -but a good nook for a construction catch-all. I don’t think the shutters will last the remodel, but there is something interesting about this scene.
A tv niche over the fireplace (the two have become rivals for our attention). The cove around the fireplace is being patched.
The slate tile floor is laid but not grouted – it gives the room a sense of geometry. At right, the stubs for the kitchen island.
It’s something (scary?) to see the drawings jump off the paper and into real life: the entry stair gets the gridded walls we laid out.
The rooms are coming together and some early finishes are being installed, like tile and stone.
Chicken wire! And pavers from American Slate. (there’s radiant heat below, so it won’t freeze the feet..)
Bathroom floor marble tile (upper) and glass wall tile (lower).
Below: when the old brick fireplace was removed we found that the it used to vent directly into the attic: there is NO existing chimney! The new gas fireplace will go in the same location-with a chimney. At right, a new 8′-4″ door opening looking out to one of the original doors being reused.
That dim ’50s bathroom in pale yellow and brick-red tile? Not so tired anymore – refreshed with a modern look but keeping close to the midcentury lines of the house that first attracted its owners.
A wall of glass mosaic tiles gives energy to the small room while the simple arrangement of components keeps a sense of order. Given the new vanity’s storage capacity (plus a new wall-hung cabinet above the toilet) we decided to forego the traditional recessed medicine cabinet. The shower stall ceiling was raised to full height, and the entire width opened to the room with a frameless glass door from Empire Shower Doors. We decided to use the mosaic tile again in the shampoo niche.
The opening of the cramped shower makes the room appear larger. The new glass door, glass 3×6 tile on the walls, 12×12 porcelain tiles on the floor and chrome fixtures mix together to create a soothing feel.
City Cabinetmakers made the flat-front, clean and simple vanity in makore veneer. The warm cabinetry color picks up the reddish-brown random tiles that appear in the mosaic backsplash. The sparkly countertop slab that contains bits of mirror glass is ‘quartz reflections‘ from Caesarstone, which is from their recycled product line. Chrome hardware ties the piece back in to room.
In the living room, here is the fireplace with new stone tile, slab hearth and mantel.
Ann Sacks “luxor grey” limestone tile and “topo azul” slab and a wood mantel painted in a similar grey give the fireplace a subtle presence in the room, toned down from the stark white it was previously.