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shingle bungalow: new roof

…and the roof came tumbling down – in an organized fashion of course. The back part of the roof was reconfigured as an up-slope ‘shed roof’ to create a tall wall and capture the view.  Actually the entire roof of the house was rebuilt, and we opted to vault every space on the top floor so there is no attic (hoarders be warned!) but bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, hallway all have soaring ceilings. I hope the new owners like mobiles. This first photo is the back part of the roof and dormer getting lopped off.  The additional space being framed here is the master bedroom with the money-shot view.  The new roof, at a low slope pitching toward the view. I like this because you can see the old angle of the roof, and the new roof above. That’s yesteryear’s version of plywood  on the lower part of the wall. Here is a view from the street showing the new up-slope roof at the back. This is the only change to the house that is visible from the street, so no neighbors took issue with it.  In this neighborhood there is a 35′ height limit and we couldn’t slope the roof up more than what we did without hitting that imaginary line.  Here’s a view that normally only a witch would have (hey, it’s almost Halloween…) but I climbed a nearby hill to get this shot of the new roof addition being framed.  The house in the foreground was a ‘twin’ of our project – soon to be fraternal! A view of what will be the master bedroom sliding doors. Then they moved on to the front part of the roof and started that. With existing 2×4 24″ on-center rafters, no insulation, it needed an upgrade. All the shingles were glazed in 10 coats of old paint, dry-rot, a lot just had to come down. An interesting still-life at the front bedroom of the house with the roof gone. Here’s the house re-clad in new plywood….old shingles gone, roof rebuilt. The old brick chimney is still seen but that was in very poor shape too. Looking up at the back of the house with the huge open areas soon to be sliding doors and windows. That’s a ‘Simpson Strong Wall’, a structural element that provides lateral support when there is almost no solid wall.  Other than having a moment frame.  I like the way the house has a stacked-up look.  A for Asymmetry! Stay tuned – more to come!

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san francisco bungalow

Here were in front of the ugliest house on the nicest block a bungalow in San Francisco. This may not be a true bungalow, or one you would’ve found in a Sears & Roebuck catalog back in 1915.  However it is from 1912 and has a low, sad dormer, some brackets, exposed rafter ends, and shingles.  Random thought is that it was built the year the Titanic sank, and as we started demolition the Italian cruiser tipped over – this must mean good luck! We can’t modify the front too much due to its age and status as a potential historic resource. Around back there is a flat-roofed segment of the building added in two parts over the years.  The garden is filled with beautiful roses and other flowering plants from the former owners.  The lot slopes down away from the house and the views are far and wide: This view is from the top floor.  That tree doesn’t bug me.  At the top floor back of the house is a dormer similar to the one at the front which doesn’t really do the view justice – Part of the remodel involves extending this top floor to accommodate larger master bedroom suite that open up to the view, while maintaining roofdeck space for plantings and star-gazing.  The view pans around and up to a nearby hilltop. Inside we’ve got the usual suspects:  a somewhat vintage kitchen with some appliance ‘updates’ that result in a jumbled room – with potential, of course.  The kitchen floor is classic! I think my grandmother had the same one: Downstairs is some more flooring – and typical ‘basement’ paneling from the 60s or 70s:  Upstairs another vintage find is some loud, splashy wallpaper – great to wake up to but try falling asleep: We’ve got big plans for the house so check back soon for more – in fact, demo has already begun and all the stuff seen here has been passed on to places and friends for reuse – be green! – (shutters, doors, lights, appliances etc) including me:  I kept the front door and plan to make a table out of it : )

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