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!
Permits in hand, lot-split done, demolition has begun on the “1950s time capsule” as posted back in August. Kitchens, bathrooms, carpeting (ew), doors, windows, rotten framing, etc, all being torn out. Being a fan of most things mid-century, it’s been bittersweet to watch this phase. They’d probably have my head over at Save the Pink Bathrooms knowing what was done here! (we demo’d 5 of them) But we’re going at it green: we’ve found new homes for most of the furniture, cabinets, appliances, and cars (there were 2 ’60s T-birds and a Datsun in the garages). I couldn’t resist taking an aquamarine refrigerator to use as our liquor cabinet.
Some random objects among the dust and debris. The 1980 election bumper sticker is a sign of the last time this place was lived in – 30 years ago! The brown-green couch may look stylish, but its cushions are rock-hard. And then there’s that smell pictures can’t show…
Rough electrical is almost done, and rough plumbing has begun – we’re upgrading where it needs doing. There was a good amount of rot in the subfloor plywood which created a spongy walking experience.
There’s a long way to go with this remodel – as seen below the buildings are pretty cracked-out! No pun, the stucco is actually cracked. We’re in the process of ousting the nasty pigeons from the balconies. Those plywood ‘railings’ and flimsy windows’ days are limited. I really like the trees in the rear yard and we intend to keep them. More to come!
Moving along! The glass tile in the shower is a 3×12 pale green we are orienting vertically. A shampoo niche is carved in to the wall opposite the showerhead, to be lined with rectangular glass mosaic tile in a blue/green/brown mix.
We’re using the same mosaic tile on the entire wall behind the new vanity, around the window, mirror and sconces.
The floor tile is 12×12 ceramic in a tan/green which blends in to the scheme of the room. The makore vanity cabinet from City Cabinetmakers picks up the brown in the wall tile.
The fireplace has been tiled. The new hearth stone – a limestone slab from Ann Sacks called Topo Azul – is put in place, and the new simple mantle built – to be painted. Finish details to follow.
We are also tackling the fireplace which the owners want to revamp. The white painted brick, the brass and glass doors (yikes), and the overall height don’t go with the low-slung mid-century feel of their living room.
We’ve removed the mantle, a few rows of brick, the pinkish stone hearth, and the doors.
The tile we’ve selected is Luxor Grey by Ann Sacks. It’s a long thin tile that will accentuate the horizontal lines in the room. I laid it out to get a good mix because the natural stone is slightly varied in color.
Now back to the bathroom: We’re down to the studs to install the new window, frosted glass for privacy. We’re going from horizontal to vertical with the window. Everything has been removed; the tile, the entire shower, the vanity.
We put insulation in where there was none before. More to come!
1959 was a good year. A good year for the color turquoise, apparently. Here is a 1959 4-unit apartment building up behind a single family house on a lot in San Francisco that have both sat virtually empty for over 20 years. Big remodel to follow.
It’s been a trip back in time because the apartments are partially furnished! Crazy. The 5 kitchens are pretty amazing, all matching original appliances, and the cabinets are in very good shape too. We have to do work that would require moving them out, so they can’t stay. The appliances are likely huge wastes of energy – and we don’t know if they work. But I appreciate their mid-century splendor, and don’t want to just trash them – so we’re hearing from people who want to come and take them away. I might just take an old bulbous refrigerator myself for future use as, a cabinet?
As equally mid-century fabulous as these kitchens are, each of the 5 bathrooms is an exercise in *pink* – tile and fixtures intact, albeit a bit gross.
I really dig these old colors and shapes, it’s exciting to find something like this so vintage. Thus we think it’s the right thing to hand off the pieces for reuse. As seen below, while most of the furniture has nice lines, it’s garage sale quality – or less.. The cushions are rock-hard and petrified.
Stay tuned for the remodel..