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the job site & the volvo

once upon a time there was a 1991 Volvo 240 that sputtered 3,000 miles from New York to California. I’m talking about my clunker, affectionately called NormaJean. over the past 15 years she has inadvertently appeared in many photos of projects (before, during, and after) I’ve worked on in San Francisco and beyond. as embarrassing as it may have been to screech up to a half million dollar project in that, she’s still around. I decided to dig through the archives and post photos. she’s not always at center but see if you can spot her in there, smiling for the camera ūüôā

2004, Cole Valley SF:DSCN0934

2005, Menlo Park:IMG_7447.JPG

2006, Pacific Heights SF: pre-construction.jpg

2009, Foster City:IMG_2452.JPG

2010, Mill Valley:IMG_4860.JPG

2012, San Francisco:IMG_0507.JPG

2012, San Francisco:IMG_0998.JPG Continue reading

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bay view house continued

remodelConstruction continued despite¬†the wet weather this Spring (but, we need the rain!). The second floor of the house took shape quickly, with the new rooms sitting over the expanded first floor.¬†studsA¬†couple shots of the on-site studs. On the left is the view when you walk in the front door, looking up to an overlook balcony, and the kitchen will sit below. The right photo is the master bathroom with an angled wall that follows the property line.¬†mill valley remodelmill valley house2 views at the front of the house a few weeks apart. New french doors and sidelights were installed in the new master bedroom.¬†bedroom view¬†The view from the bedroom doors is pretty sweet, down through the bay to the city.¬†spray foam insulationThe vaulted ceilings of the house have spray-foam insulation, letting us avoid a tricky venting requirement at the eaves and ridges for the long roof runs.¬†steel beamA view across the rear part of the house past the stairs to the new family room with multi-slide doors.¬†volvo 240Here’s a view of NormaJean the volvo looking up at the two projects we’ve done, side-by-side.¬†house wrapshingle styleTwo photos taken at the rear yard several weeks apart. The shingles are being installed and they really make the house look finished. Tina’s crew at Builder Girl¬†is doing a really great job.The large steel window at the staircase is from Torrance.¬†steel windowThe steel window will be a dramatic statement at the staircase, seen from everywhere on the lower floor and yard, and from the bedroom hallway above.¬†master bathroomThe master bathroom, in two directions. The shower with its round window facing the street – the bottom half obscured for privacy of course. The other end of the room has a skylight above to bring light down along the wall, to the spot where the bath tub will be. Really exciting to see finishes coming along! Kress Jack is¬†working alongside us on the finishes, and it seems like the finish line is in sight – though distant still. Stay tuned for more!

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