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Copper Handrail, cedar fence & gate, Copper gutter and downspout above


Cedar slat railings above and below, energy efficient wood-clad windows and copper gutter and flashing.

Here is a before shot:

Back of house before

In addition to lots of improvements on the inside of the house, this project makes vast improvements to the interface between the house and the yard.  Such improvements then inspire the client to make big improvements to the garden itself – A new stone patio, pathways, and many new plants.

The roof deck above is built strong, ready to hold the most practical kind of living roof – a vegetable garden in pots and planters!

 

 

 

 

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A key part of the design was adding this door from the kitchen to the back part of the house (and future back deck)

New door to back of house

As you can see below, this also gave the bedroom a better connection to the bathroom and more privacy.

NEW FLOORPLAN

OLD FLOORPLAN

These curvy shelves and cherry peninsula were just icing on the cake.

Dark Stained Cherry Peninsula & Curvy Shelves

The homeowner is a bicycle enthusiast (and an artist)

Stained Glass by Charles Carlson

Very cool,.

More photos

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de Young Museum SF Main Entry in Morning Light

The main entry to the de Young Museum in the late morning – If only we all could afford skins of copper in custom patterns.

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Last week Akhila gave me a tricycle tour of her crib.

She recently commissioned deedsdesign for an addition including a master suite, expanded kitchen, and family room.  Popping up the roof just a few feet allowed for a vaulted ceiling and high windows over the kitchen and an attic loft over the master.  The kitchen is on the north side, so the high south windows provide southern sunshine while leaving room for enough cabinets on the north wall. (click on the thumbnails to see enlarged drawings)

The dining room gets a lot of southern sunshine and has french doors leading to the deck.

The Lapeyre stairs provide easy access to the loft above.  We enclosed the loft with low walls to hide any boxes stored up there, but added open railings for the last 18″ or so.  This way the required 42″ tall “guards” don’t seem so tall and a bit more light circulates.

I didn’t get any photos of the loft  itself,  but it has built-in shelving and a fir plywood floor, finished with polyurethane. (As you can see the project isn’t quite finished yet)

The homeowner waited for me below while I toured the loft area.


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This bathroom had some charm from the start with its orange-bottomed clawfoot tub and cheerful checkered yellow vinyl flooring. It also had a nice view of the Golden Gate.  After a while I decided that it could use an upgrade.

Hearst Castle Guestroom Bath

I kept the tub, but gave it a fresh coat of fireball orange on the bottom. I made a curved sink counter out of a big slab of redwood salvaged and milled by Matt Mcbride. The toilet was moved to the other side of the room. This way the view can be enjoyed while seated and there is more space for the sink.  I replaced the old toilet with a dual-flush Caroma.

After visiting the Hearst Castle guest room baths, I chose white hex tile for the floor.

The mirror goes wall to wall and all the way to the ceiling for simplicity and so that two people can get ready to go out at the same time. The fluorescent sconces by Justice Design give off a warm glow. The other light in the room is a LED recessed can over the tub.

The secondhand unprotected brass faucets and shower valve are from Ragnar at the Sink Factory on San Pablo, and the nicely patinaed soap dish and towel bar from a secondhand store in Portland, Oregon.

Curved, white-washed corner shelves are filled with colorful towels and plants, and a mural of flowers and butterflies is underway on the back wall behind the tub.

I kept the 100-year-old door (no faux distressing here, just hours of labor with a heatgun and then a sander to take off the layers of paint)

Thanks to Darren McElroy (general help,)  John Mcbride (electrical, plumbing, trim carpentry, and sheetrock help,)  Matt Mcbride (big slab of redwood,)  Dan Lewis (paint removal),  Lara Cushing (demo,)  Ragnar at The Sink Factory, Peter Renoir Plumbing (moved the toilet,) & J & D Glass & Sash (mirror) for their help.  Thanks to my downstairs renters for sharing their bathroom for a while.

Don’t remodel your only bathroom without a good plan.

Links:

Great Article about bathroom remodeling by Matt Cantor in the Berkeley Daily Planet

dual flush toilets

Justice Design Group

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