Posts Tagged ‘recycled’

We stopped in at Claypot, the new neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant on San Pablo last night.  The food was good and I really liked the light fixtures by Omega Lighting. They were made out of old wine barrel hoops.  What I like most is the cool shadow and light patterns that they cast on the white ceiling.


The place does need some acoustical dampening. The designer owner told me that they would be installing some sound absorbent panels in the middle of the ceiling. I hope they don’t take away from the beautiful shadows!

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I thought this was cool – from a blog called V-spot .

The little holes in the sides make the thing sparkle.

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Cashier station and glass partition wall

Oval shaped bench (built by Eby Construction) – Salvaged antique barber stations beyond

Handicap accessible changing room

New handicap accessible entry

The owner of this shop is responsible for most of the salvaged and rustic aesthetic. Deeds design assisted with the technicalities and accessibility issues and helped keep the permit process moving along so they could open on time.

(Photos by Pete Trachy & Sarah Deeds)

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I recently found this video interview with the owner-design-builder team of this unusual house in my neighborhood.

I posted some photos of it a while back. 

In the video, they reveal the source of many of the materials and their inspirations and technical considerations.

For example, they used lighter colored car roofs for siding on the north side to reflect more indirect sunlight into the house to the north. I’d love to see how this worked out. It might reflect a bit too much in the summer when the sun actually rises and sets in the North part of the sky….but other times it’s probably quite nice.

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In the fall of 2009 I visited this Passive House on the south side of  Chicago, Illinois.  I didn’t really know much about Passive houses at the time, but I was impressed by one thing in particular.  The homeowner opened a window on the first floor and there was no rush of cold air. In fact there was no perceptible air movement at all. This was because The house is very “tight” The air didn’t rush in because there wasn’t anywhere for it to go.  I won’t go rambling on about what a passive house is here. Follow the link to my article on the topic, or just Google “passive house” or passivhaus.”

More information about this particular house:

Green Building Advisor

Interview with one of the owners

I need some more information about how it has been performing since commissioning. Perhaps the owner will make a comment on this post.

Beyond its Passive house status, the house has many fine recycled details such as these vent covers made from 100 year old soffit:

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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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This Cadillac Trash Can has a top shelf for plants, a shelf for holding tuna for the cat, and a space below to push the dog bowls out of the way. It is built from remnants, so I didn’t have complete control of the proportions: Richlite top, fir sides, plywood shelves, door, & back panel

Decorated with pencil and Bioshield Aqua Resin Trim Enamel (zero VOC and compostable)

The door flips open on and is held at the proper angle by rope salvaged from a sailboat. Small clothespins attach the bags to the door for easy access

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They are made in New Zealand by Carbon Footprint Design

Unfortunately it would up the carbon footprint a bit to ship them across the Pacific.   I imagine that they are pretty lightweight though.

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I got to go to John’s company party the other day. The food was good. Here are some photos of the house and gardens and some of the party-goers and feast.

It is more energy-efficient to have a square, compact house, but when you live in California and you have a beautiful piece of land with some nice views, it is hard not  to connect the inside to the landscape with courtyards.   This H-shaped piece of architecture works pretty well, although it would have been better if the site was on the north wall of the valley rather than the north-east.  I imagine that the courtyard is sometimes unusable on a hot afternoon with the low-angle sun beaming across the valley.   As you can see from some of the photos, the house has a lot of creative and artful details.

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Angelo’s Smokehouse

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