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!
A key part of the design was adding this door from the kitchen to the back part of the house (and future back deck)
As you can see below, this also gave the bedroom a better connection to the bathroom and more privacy.
These curvy shelves and cherry peninsula were just icing on the cake.
The homeowner is a bicycle enthusiast (and an artist)
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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.
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.
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.