a huge thanks to our photographer Melissa Kaseman for pitching our project to San Francisco magazine. They picked up the story and it’s in the November issue.
flip through their entire online issue here, or check it out in images below. Or better yet buy a hard copy, cut those pages out and put them on your wall for inspiration 🙂 and call us when you’re ready to do your own to the studs remodel!
this project was a fun collaboration with really great clients. we can’t thank them enough for being open to 99% of our design ideas. they wanted a sense of whimsy in the house and I think we achieved that feeling.
we like to think of this house as a bright, inviting, energetic series of spaces with bold patterns and textures. it has plentiful windows to grab distant views out the front and a 17ft wide multi-panel sliding door to connect to a cozy garden in the back.
take a look ———–>
Where have I been? The blog took a hiatus in December, so now it’s time to start tracking the projects again – we’re off to a running start in 2011. This 1959 building left alone for a few decades is now waking up. [nice blaring parking sign, and unpainted vents etc] Here’s a quick recap of the facade up to now: I was inspired by a photo to try a green & brown earthy color scheme at the front, but we never loved the brown. The Eichler color chart is mostly earthtones – though this is clearly far from an Eichler, not even a Likeler! The tiled area to the lower right was intended to be a material ‘accent’, and after many suggestions were scratched from my list we settled on the 8×16 ceramic tile in ‘lavagna mood’, a purple-grey from Ceramic Tile Design. Once the tile went in it was apparent that the brown had to go, so we matched the garage area in paint, just going up yesterday. I drew this simple steel planter to fill in some of the corners a the facade, and eliminated the red brick planter. The steps to the front door will be tiled soon. The interior is almost finished – Lots of shapes in the light fixtures – the George Nelson Cigar bubble lamp, a flying saucer-shaped pendant from PLC, and cylinder pendants at the kitchen. Details left to do, including a dark outlet plate @ the peninsula! [alas, we had to go with a track for the kitchen pendants due the steel beam in the ceiling…]Walnut kitchen from City Cabinetmakers, 2×12 tile from Heath Ceramics…triangle tiles from Heath Ceramics behind the double-wide sink… & the drought-resistant garden seen from the new first floor bedroom. More to come!
STEEL! Here are a couple of beams ready to be installed in the ceiling/roof of the mid-century house, so we can remove most of the walls in the living areas. (quick reminder: this project consists of  buildings on a lot – a single family house, and a 4-unit apartment building on the other end. as part of the project, the lot was split into 2)
It’s exciting to see these big structural pieces arrive so the spaces can start to take shape. Below is a slot cut in the ceiling for one of the steels where the rafters crossed.
The sheetrock crew is up in the apartments on their stilts, mudding and taping the walls. (There’s still evidence of that robin’s-egg blue that was throughout the buildings, seen below.)
Boxes of tiles in various colors and shapes from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito. The outside of the buildings will start to shape up soon – windows arrived this week. Sliding doors from IWC were installed in the apartments last week. (we don’t love the curved handles and will swap them out! it seems the ‘standard’ is almost always less preferable)
Another fairly foggy day so the view isn’t visible – but it’s a beautiful one. We chose a dark bronze anodized finish to give them more contrast and accentuate the lines in this geometric 50s building. Below, at the house, we’re closing up one of three garage doors to create living space – a new footing will be poured. Who needs three cars? Stay tuned!
We’re in crunch mode here moving along with all the finishes. New flooring and stair treads are going in right now, tile and interior trim has almost been completed, interior painting has begun. The first photo is the second floor which already had hardwood floor over the original softwood which has become the subfloor. We’re patching in new to match there.
We looked through various grays from ICI low VOC paint. It’s always amazing how a color changes when viewed on a wall; and how much of other colors you can see – from blue to green to tan – in different grays. We were looking for a ‘warm’ gray so we chose the one with the blue tape over it, far right:
More tile from Heath Ceramics on the bathroom floors and shower surround:
Original casing put back around new windows – (to be painted of course!)
We chose this simple 5-1/2″ profile for the new casing throughout where there wasn’t enough to reuse. It’s the right scale without being too busy or fussy.
A few weeks have gone by. . once the walls were taped, mudded and sanded we moved ahead to install new flooring – 3.25″ white oak – soon to be sanded and finished.
Once the floors went in we moved ahead placing cabinet boxes. We are installing kitchens designed by a local Scavolini [their website has some groovy tunes] shop. We used the same finish in both apartments to tie the building together.
I’m excited to see the tile from Heath Ceramics start going in, they have a really beautiful handmade quality. We are using mostly white tile in the bathrooms and kitchens to leave a clean color slate, but we chose a mix of pale greens for one of the bathrooms of the upper unit, and a brown for the master bath shower. The vanity cabinets in all bathrooms are rift white oak custom made from City Cabinetmakers here in San Francisco.
This mix of green tiles will cover the walls surrounding the bathtub/shower to the ceiling. Interior doors are being installed – we chose a two-panel square sticking style to be a cleaner version of traditional. A stack of original wood moulding awaits reuse.