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This 1972 budget modern house needed a tune-up. In the process of replacing the windows & siding, adding insulation, replacing the double level deck, and adding exterior window shades and a bright red-orange awning on the NW & SW sides, we also rearranged things and made the floor plan work better. That was the most satisfying part of the project, but it is hard to show it in photographs. Type “Navellier” in the search box to the right for photos of the process.

before for blog

Here are some photos after construction:

Approaching the house

Approaching the house

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New entry door and porch

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Exterior window shades and awning (retracted) and fibercement siding installed as a rainscreen

Redwood and stainless steel railing

Guillaume and Freddy under the bright red awning

Guillaume and Freddy under the bright red awning

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Sometimes the job calls for a very simple addition – bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, and family room all in less than 500 SF, plus a new deck on the south side. and energy efficiency upgrades throughout.

Existing Floor Plan

New Floor Plan

The roofline dictated the easiest place for the addition and the owners preferred a small master bedroom and a small study/ family room rather than a large bedroom.  Adding a deck to the south off the kitchen and dining room seemed like an obvious way to fill in the corner (facing due south.) The fact that it has walls on two sides adds a bit of shelter from the wind.

The owners selected locally crafted light fixtures from Metro Lighting on San Pablo and many LED lights for the project.

Canivet Construction built the project on time and on budget (about 230/SF plus fixtures that the owner bought themselves.)

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I recently paid a visit to the little cottage in Philo that I designed a few years ago. I was happy to see that the owners were using the cozy little space and had decorated in good taste. I took a few pictures since I only have photos of the unfurnished rooms on my website.

Finally they moved a couch into the little cabin…and lots of other things too

The builder took the liberty to use some of the 100 year old salvaged redwood siding from my house in Berkeley to make this cute little vent cover

Still no art on the tall southern wall. stay posted. I think a painting will be installed soon

The loft above has been furnished too! complete with a painting of bruce lee and sheer curtains!

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It is hard to get good pictures of the rainscreen assembly, but here are a few courtesy of Mr. Canivet.

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The point of the rainscreen is to allow air to circulate behind the siding and dry out the backside.  This way the moisture doesn’t instead get sucked inwards into the insulation and stud bays and the paper-backed sheet rock when you turn on your industrial kitchen hood. This can cause all sorts of problems.  It also just keeps the moisture from lurking behind the siding.

The siding is 5/8″ thick fibercement lap siding. the furring is 1.5″x5/16″ cedar strips, and the drainage plane is good old-fashioned 2-ply building paper.  In order to keep insects from building nests behind the siding Guillaume came up with a simple detail using wire mesh and filter fabric at the top and bottom and above and below each window.

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