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This was a dated Spanish Eclectic house with minimal connection to the yard and lots of little rooms. We tore out most of the walls on the main floor. This required adding a steel moment frame that we left exposed, finished with gun-blue and wax. Living room, dining room, and kitchen flow together and all enjoy a view out big doors to the deck and yard.  The owners exercised a lot of restraint in their selection of interior finishes and materials.  Upstairs we added an open plan, light-filled master suite with vaulted ceiling and updated the other bathroom and bedrooms. A radiant heating system in the floor was added throughout.    Now it’s time to fill the white walls with art and break it in!

Built by Accolade Construction, Engineering: AJ Miller & Associates,

Photos by Open Homes Photography

Avila Front

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Before Shot

Avila Foyer Big

Entry Hall

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Living/ Dining

Avila Great Room Big

View through main floor

Avila Kitchen Big

Kitchen

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Kitchen

Avila Master Suite

MAster Bath

Avila MAster Bedroom

MAster Bedroom

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Master Suite

Avila Master Bath

Master Bath

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Exposed steel in the main living area (living, dining, kitchen)

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No roof yet, but the exterior form is looking great

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Copper Handrail, cedar fence & gate, Copper gutter and downspout above


Cedar slat railings above and below, energy efficient wood-clad windows and copper gutter and flashing.

Here is a before shot:

Back of house before

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!

 

 

 

 

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The first three shots here are showing the site work for a new little ceramic studio. We are saving that little citrus tree and the foundation will angle around it. This will create an interesting interior space with a cozy sitting area on one end and a wider studio area at the other.  The lot slopes down to the right and we are adding a retaining wall along the property line to level the lot. The concrete walls will be board-formed and hopefully look very nice.

Formwork for retaining walls IMG_0954

This is John McBride, hard at work. Oscar and Jose behind working on the excavation for the footing.

McBride Construction at Work

Here you see a new 3/16″ thick steel awning recently installed. Gonzalvo is installing the lag screws. There will be another similar awning over the doors above. I tried to talk the owner into painting them bright blue or fireball orange to match their front door, but she chose a more conservative and very classy grey brown. Kind of like wrought iron.

This is a different job. They have just installed that 3/16" Steel Awning. Very Heavy. (Thanks for the photo Steve Coleman)

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On a recent visit to Tucson, Arizona I saw this cool bridge for bikes and pedestrians over East Broadway Blvd . (If you zoom into the map and switch to satellite you can see the extent of it.  It was designed by Simon Donovan.   I also liked the bright blue bollards and railing.  This particular color looks just right in the Sonoran desert, but Im not sure why. You will see the identical color in another post later this week. The painted steel mesh skin really looks like a snake – kind of like a dry, discarded snake-skin. The shadows created by the crisscrossing steel are also quite nice.

Three southwestern blue bollards

Southwestern blue ramp railing

snake-skin

Rattlesnake tail

Looking through the snake

Tucker exits the snake mouth

Snake head through the trees

Snake bridge body through the trees

Dagmar and Tucker walk back through towards the tail

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