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Nice clean floating corner shelves by Shada Build and Design

Nice clean floating corner shelves by Shada Build and Design

Corner shelf supports

hidden supports for floating shelves

Doorbell

Doorbell

Just in from the cabinet maker - beautiful fir door

Just in from the cabinet maker – beautiful fir door

close up

Holes drilled to vent drawers to the outside. California living!

Holes drilled to vent drawers to the outside. California cooler – California living!

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Art Tile fir drawers

spade cutout pulls (Armoire by Dickson Schneider I believe)

 

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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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drawers with cut out pulls

I have always liked this simple and affordable way to open cabinet drawers. This is a bathroom cabinet for a project here in Berkeley, CA.

Remodelista just posted a collection of some other nice examples (follow the link)

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I am so excited about this bench that I can’t wait for better photos. I’ll add some later. My friends Jim and Treacy Malloy bought it for me at an auction at the YWCA. It is originally from the Oakland YWCA, designed by Julia Morgan and completed in 1915. It is perfect in my rustic kitchen.  You will see this better when I add some photos not taken with my phone. (although this photo does have my cat Frodo’s tail, which is hard to beat.)

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These are “sketches” of a cabinet upgrade. This existing deep cabinet will get glass doors and translucent glass back so that light from the stairwell skylight behind the cabinet will light up the glassware and shine through into the dining room. I’ll post a photo when its built.

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Removal of material in decorative pattern creates sparkle of light on plain steel chair back

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Redwood railing with copper pipe – Forestville, CA

artisitc photo 2 77 vine

Point Richmond Railing

D D-B railing

Painted railing with decorative holes in the white pickets, contrasting black braces – Inverness, CA

Painted railing with decorative cross-shaped cutouts – Berkeley, CA

Redwood and Stainless Steel Railing – El Cerrito, CA

stainless steel with round posts

stainless steel with round posts – Michigan (Thomas Hardware Photo)

CAM00090

Simple Ipe railing – Oakland, CA

CAM00093 (1)

Simple Ipe Railing – Oakland, CA

Redwood Railing – Berkeley CA

Cookie cutout railing – Berkeley, CA

painted wood railing

Diamond spaces between red painted slats – Albany, CA

ceder railing with floral cutout

Elegant traditional railing – cedar panels with botanical cutouts

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colorful fresco in the loggia

More of the fresco in the loggia

decorative cutout in a wood door panel

Foyer with concrete tracery and view through to garden

cute kitchenette in guest suite

I took these photos with my phone.

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long dock and little house on Tomales Bay

water side of Tomales Bay house

door with porthole

view through porthole 1

view through porthole 2

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This new fence caught my eye from across the street

All along the fence there are rows of peep holes of different shapes and sizes.

The peep holes let a bit of light through the fence and rhythmically break up the wall of redwood boards

The boards are on the otherside for one section of fence. The neat row of cactuses along it reminded me of Frida Kahlo’s cactus fence in Mexico City

On the front corner there is yellow grid in conversation with the three squares to the right. Im not as big a fan of this side. It looks a bit too post modern.

The owner of this fence also has a bright blue garage door

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This is my first post.  I wanted to share a few kitchen design ideas and, in particular, a partial, tight-budget kitchen remodel that I assisted with in Alameda, California.  The client, it turns out, has a great design sense herself, but she needed a bit of help.

I was hired to do a partial, tight-budget upgrade to this kitchen:

Alameda Kitchen before

This side of the kitchen we didnt change much.

This side of the kitchen we didnt change much.

I started by measuring and discussing her needs and visions for the space.  She wanted to keep the half of the kitchen with the sink, but tear out a wall and add some new cabinets and a laundry area on the other side.

kitchen plan

We did add a dishwasher...and the client took away one curtain ruffle

We did add a dishwasher…and the client took away one curtain ruffle

Can you see the metal edge banding on the counter top?

Can you see the metal edge banding on the counter top?

The lighting in the kitchen consisted of one big light in the middle. This used to be standard, but most people these days have a lot of different lights in their kitchens.  I came to love this glowing orb.  It is sort of like a sun shining in the middle of the room.

The Glowing Orb!

The Glowing Orb!

klitchen island and hole in action

looking through towards dinner

this is the laundry center...with folding counter on top

this is the laundry center…with folding counter on top

Another important feature came late in the design process.  As was normal for 1898, the kitchen was walled off and disconnected from the rest of the house.  The client didn’t think it was in their budget to make the changes necessary to rearrange the entire first floor, so we focused on making the kitchen nicer. Then we realized that it would be a pretty simple (low-cost)  and easily reversible change to cut a window in the wall separating dining  room and kitchen. This way food could be passed through and  communication could happen without killing the formality of the dining room.  Southern light from the kitchen window is an added feature in the dining room.

Happy client peeps through the new opening

Happy client peeps through the new opening

Other features of affordability and style are the colorful plastic laminate counter tops with 50s style metal edge banding,  the beautiful green Marmoleum floor (you’ll have to just believe me because you can’t really see it  in the photos, & the open space for art that is available because the client didn’t squeeze in as many upper cabinets as they possibly could.

Of course keeping half of the old kitchen was a big cost savings. The new part looks different, but complimentary.  Palimpsest architecture is the word for this sort of layering and leaving ghosts of the past rather than tearing out everything and starting over. .  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palimpsest

Contractor: Guillaume Canivet

Cabinetmaker: Rusty Dobbs

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