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!
This project has wrapped up and the owners have moved in! They’ve done such a great job with the interior decor so far, I love it! It will make for really good portfolio shots – I went over recently and took a bunch of scouting shots. Below are plans of how what we changed – mostly within the walls – partially infilling a lightwell, squaring off bay windows, opening up the main rooms and adding a new stair to the lower floor. I have to admit at first I didn’t see keeping this railing, but I’m happy they wanted to keep it! Looks like bones – in a cool way. The hardwood floors are original, restained and refinished. Below is a repurposed portion of the old garage door which we saved and used in the kitchen on a barn door track, hiding a closet. Seen below, we raised the ceilings in the kitchen – as an angle – and in the Living Rm, gaining almost 2′ of space that was formerly empty space.
The rooms now open one to next with ceiling variations and few walls to define the spaces.
The angled ceiling is an unexpected feature in the room, also allowing for a window high in the wall to capture light. The master bedroom and bathroom have built-in walnut cabinetry by Stephen Day Design. (again, these are just scouting shots so better photos to come!). Lastly – I love the art my client has over the fireplace mantle. The story is that she carried it back with her from a trip to midwest – putting it in the overhead bin on the airplane! Looks great! OK – 99.9% done – they were still painting the back when I visited…