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This was a really fun project with creative owners. It was a house with a lot of character to start with, but also in need of reorganizing and re-tuning.

It started off as a duplex. The family lived upstairs and there was a dark, low ceiling rental below. We turned it into a single family home with the addition of a stairs between the floors. The lower floor became a fun space for the two boys plus storage and we moved the water heater out of the attic into the lower floor as well. (Upgrading to an Electric heat pump water heater to serve the main house plus the new ADU behind)

It is always hard to explain the subtle rearranging of the floor plan in a remodel..but one example is flipping a door and a window in the dining area to bend the traffic flow and improve the dining area tremendously.

One of my favorite things about this project and client is the instantaneous lived-in feeling, the retention of spaces like the boys workshop where they can be messy and creative, and the addition of details like the in progress mural on the new cabinets behind the stairs.

Tons more I could say…but pictures are more fun.

Contractor – McBride Construction

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I took a class in graduate school with Professor Galen Cranz called Body Conscious Design. That is where this idea started. The class was all about how to design better spaces, furniture and other things for the health of our bodies. Much of our built environment, down to the typical chair that often causes back problems, are not great for human health. This architectural detail helps prevent the atrophy of the upper body muscles. One of my projects in school had monkey bars in every hallway for an alternate means of travel.

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Photos by the maker, John McBride

 

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ceiling beams

I am a fan of having some exposed structure in a house. This photo shows one of the reasons. In addition to hanging a bouncy swing, these beams can make a great place to hang a mobile or colorful flags, wrap holiday lights, store fishing poles or a small boat, install lighting to shine up on the ceiling, and more.

In addition they add a three-dimensionality to the space and light filtering down through the beams from high windows creates interesting shadow patterns.

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Kids Like Lofts

There is something really nice about climbing up a bookshelf ladder to a cozy loft and looking down on the party from above. (photo by Joma Jones)

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