This past Tuesday, my assistant designer and I drove to Manzanita to spend the day on site, taking notes and meeting our site manager and craftsman, Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction. We are moving ahead at a freight-train pace and sometimes it can be hard to keep up. There is always a million things we need to review and never enough time in the day to address everything. We are all pushing this project along and are seeing the goal in sight. Luckily for us, the day was gorgeous and added a bit of lightheartedness to our day.
Here are some detail shots from our day.
the patina on the copper gutters and downspouts are stunning
ipe cover for the meter and emergency shut off
inspecting the under cabinet lighting and plug molds
interior of the newly constructed sauna. the cedar smells amazing.
ipe cedar skylights copper
new concrete pad poured for the stairs off of the deck
looking good in the neighborhood
custom rail around the sauna heater prevents any burns. rocks were cleaned and placed by the owner on her last visit.
admiring the quiet and calm of the coast and view from the deck
beautiful light in the guest room
Wood sheds are a perfect example of functional + practical design. They are made for one purpose: storing wood.
It’s simple, right? Not exactly. When SBaird Design was put in charge of designing a modern wood shed we had to think about all the design parameters that this structure had to follow:
- Hold a Cord of wood. The cord is a unit of measure of dry volume used to measure firewood and pulpwood in the United States and Canada. It is the amount of wood that, when “ranked and well stowed” (arranged so pieces are aligned, parallel, touching and compact), occupies a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3). This corresponds to a well stacked woodpile 4 feet (122 cm) high, 8 feet (244 cm) long, and 4 feet (122 cm) deep; or any other arrangement of linear measurements that yields the same volume.
- Provide Ventilation. Stacking the firewood in a shed with good ventilation lets the wood dry out without rotting so it will be ready for burning. In fact, stacking is so important that you do it ASAP. If your wood is left in a large heap it will absorb ground moisture, attract insects, and start to rot. Stacking firewood helps accelerate the drying process. The stacking pattern you choose can also increase the amount of ventilation your woodpile is exposed to. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the space between each log should be “large enough for a mouse to run through, but tight enough to prevent a cat from chasing it.”
- Give Protection. It might seem like a given but it is quite an important factor to consider. Wood is cellular, and will reabsorb water like a sponge. Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, if you take dry, seasoned fuel wood and stack it without proper protection, it can soak up enough water to revert to its original water content in just a matter of hours.
Now that we had the 3 necessary functions defined, SBaird Design also had to meet the needs of our client:
- Public Storage. The wood shed is on a property that will be a vacation rental. There needed to be an area to store items that renters can access, like patio tables and grilling items.
- Private Storage. Although the property is a rental, it is the home base for the client when they are in town. They wanted a separate compartment to store their beach belongings, like sand buckets, clamming guns and beach chairs.
- Contain the Containers. The property is next to a public beach access point. The client wanted to eliminate strangers trespassing on the property to throw away their debris and trash in the private bins. The wood shed needed to be able to hide the trash bins and keep them locked up.
Armed with these needs and functions, we started thinking about the design. Modern. Mimic the main house. Simple beauty.
At one of SBaird Real Estate’s listings, we found this wood shed in the back yard. It was the inspiration and jump-off point for our design.
Our craftsman on the job is a god send and gave us some great information on the layout and parameters to stick with:
- The highest point of the wood shed can not exceed 7′. It needs to be aligned with the existing roof structure of the main house to create one continuous line.
- The slope of the wood shed needs to be 1:12 to match the host home.
- The maximum footprint is a 15′x5′ rectangle made of 8″ CMU block.
Here is SBaird Design’s initial mock-up of the wood shed. Top bay and largest bay to the right add up to hold a volume of 130 cubic feet. Enough room to stack a cod of wood and easily access it. Wood will be kept secure with locking doors made of open metal grating. Center bay will hold the garbage bins, while the bay to the left is for the owner’s private use. The large full size access will be the public/rental storage equipped with shelving and still have enough space to store the patio furniture. The exterior will be clad with Ipe to match the main house.
It will be finessed and design changes will be made but it is a good start.
We are in our 9th month of the extensive remodel of a 1969 home on the ocean in Manzanita, Oregon.
The very slightly pitched flat membrane roof is on, Kolbe CVG fir interior and clad exterior windows were installed, the ipe soffits are up, copper flashing is on, wood burning rais fireplace is in, electrical, sound system wiring, rough in plumbing, insulation is done, the radiant floor heat is being installed, the deck framing is up, sauna and outdoor shower has been framed out and the ipe siding is about to commence. The home is starting to take shape in it’s appearance. An absolute jewel box it will be.
sign on property for precision home and hardscape – general contractor and my company
the roof has been taking off, rain has intruded, the hole in the floor is where the old chimney was, the blue tape is the size of the new windows that will be installed soon.
we started sanding the beams so that we could see what happened when the stain was removed
all of the siding is removed now
the original tile floor in the entry which we intend to keep
Kitchen remodel, along with 3 baths in SW Portland. The kitchen was torn out on Monday September 10th, more photos to follow.
1950′s home restoration in Lake Oswego, very similar to one you may have seen before on this site. Same builder – different location.
Skylights are being installed, floors are being refinished, new oak floor to match to be installed in kitchen, furniture being purchased, kitchen slated for restoration. More photos to follow.
1950′s restoration of an ocean front property in Manzanita, Oregon. Existing photos above, exterior renderings below.
Exterior work to begin soon and to include new roof, windows, siding and decks. Interior work to follow. Stay tuned for updates.
I ate breakfast recently in Wheeler, Oregon at Rising Star Cafe , only to realize that they do not take anything but cash for payment. The table next to me was informed of the same, and the gentleman got up to look for an ATM at the same moment, so we were off together in search. In the short time that it took to reach our destination, retrieve some money and head back to the restaurant we had shared much of our life story, however condensed. I knew that he was building a home in Manzanita with his wife, on a lot that he had owned for years, I knew that he was doing it with as much energy conservation and LEED ideas implemented and I knew that I must see if I could wrangle a visit/walkthrough with them. Fortunately, all of this lined up quite well and by the afternoon I was having the sort of tour that was even better than I imagined. The couple were both intelligent, warm and engaging. They were so excited about their new home and it was infectious. I offered to do all of the interior color as I believed that the Benjamin Moore Aura collection called Affinity, would be quite suitable for health reasons/LEED also, – low to no VOC, and the color palette is gorgeous, all of the colors are designed to work together. I left them with a color sample card of the entire variety of options, and all communication + color consultation, has been accomplished now via email. I must give credit to the homeowners for choosing most of the colors, which I then tweaked as needed. They have great taste! I have been honored to be awarded with what (I think) will be a long friendship in the future, and their home is turning out to be very pretty.
See below photo notes for color choices…
fiji on left, collection on right
frappe and buttered yam
dinner party with ylang ylang