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Ice Storm house in construction

Things are moving along over at that ’70s house, and if you live in the area you’ll note that it’s further along than these photos show.  So it’s a lag-blog.   Here’s the front facade with the fake stone removed….and a lot going on inside. The dormer expansion was permitted separately from other work, because it affected the overall ‘envelope’ of the house.  In the meantime a recessed entry was created in the area of the third garage door.  In SF you can reduce part of your house without notifying neighbors but expansion requires notifying, with a few exceptions.  As a reminder, here is the existing narrow entry hall and big brown stairway:We are reversing the staircases, so they dump you in the middle of the house – near the living room, kitchen – rather than toward the front door. It works out on the third floor by reducing traffic near the master bedroom and on the first floor where you formerly walked into a mirrored wall – danger after a few drinks…“hey you look familiar..”

Here’s the new recessed entry with covered stoop and low wall to drop your groceries and dog during the rainy season!Finally the dormers were lopped off.  New aluminum windows and new redwood siding up on the sides, over the old T-111 mustard-colored siding.  At the back:The walled patio at the rear was mostly removed, for a better rear yard connection.With the walls gone we get a direct view of Twin Peaks!  This is me reflecting in the old Family Rm window that was replaced with a 12′ wide opening of doors & windows. Here are the two front bedrooms with some demo just before small dormers were removed.  Stay tuned, more to come!

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Mid-Century construction progress

Things are moving ahead at the 1950s remodel where we’re concurrently doing 2 buildings on one lot.  Above, the single family house ceiling is taken out to install new recessed lighting.  The aluminum window, single-paned and very breezy, is a goner!  (to be replaced with a larger, new aluminum window from Gerkin)

I like the look of the exposed rafters but this is just temporary, to be re-sheetrocked.  Quite a heap of debris here in the future master bedroom..

The original roof plank sheathing looks like concrete forms – how thrifty of the builders to recycle them! Note the absence of any insulation in this ceiling – typical of many ‘older’ buildings in San Francisco, even from 1959.

Above, some slightly mod original details from the apartment building, unit #2.  There are some cool shapes here and the materials are pretty cheap, but I thought I’d document the 1950s efforts.  Below, we inserted a PSL into the ceiling to catch the joists, which will give us a flush ceiling surface.  There was originally a dropped soffit between the kitchen and living room, which we’re opening up.

Above is the (foggy) view out over San Francisco.  The scaffolding is up to install the new windows and siding.  We opened up this view wall to have all sliding doors out to the balcony – previously there was a smallish window at waist-height.  The balcony will have glass guard rails to maintain the view.

And despite our efforts, a few pesky pigeons have managed to infiltrate and set up roost!  Ew…

More to come!  (work, not pigeons)


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