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Manzanita project update

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.

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Interior design of a SW Portland home

SBaird Design chose the window treatments throughout the home mainly grass window shades lined, had  oak floors installed in the main living area and the upstairs office, refaced the fireplace in the sitting room, remodeled the master bath and helped to define the wall colors.

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update on manzanita project

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

 

 

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3 new projects commencing September 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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SW Portland Remodel

10150 SW 31st Avenue Portland, Oregon

Exterior of home, dark gray with white trim, black accents

aggregate concrete steps

new garage door, lighting, address numbers

new kitchen, custom cabinets, hardwood floors

new bath

family room, new carpet, interior paint

new bath, subway tile, shelving

Before shots of interior below. SBaird Design provided design direction for this home, including, exterior paint, new front stairs, exterior details, interior paint, flooring, lighting, baths and kitchen. Purchased by a remodeler for resale.

before shot interior

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Re-Design of a home for a developer

While I do not have any before pictures of the interior, the exterior shot shows how much wear this house had suffered from. It has been dramatically transformed to a great rental for the developer / investor.

New exterior paint and windows, new roof, new interior paint, flooring, bath and kitchen.

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Alameda Remodel is Complete!

After six months of schematic design, design development, demolition, framing, rough-ins, drywall, cabinetry, painting, and finish work, our Alameda kitchen remodel & master bath addition is complete.

Keeping the kitchen update in line with the architectural and historical integrity of this 1928 home was paramount. To reconcile the owners’ desire for an open kitchen – a relatively contemporary concept – an arched opening was added, the radius of which matched the arch between the dining and living rooms.

The custom cabinetry and peninsula turned out beautifully – I love the elegance of the inset doors and exposed hinges. The sophisticated Eureka Calacatta marble counters add to a refined touch and the warm brown tones in the marble coordinate well with the reclaimed oak floors. Lastly, the period flushmount light fixture and pendant lights unify the kitchen to the house.

The color palette for the main floor consists of warm and inviting historical colors. Repainting the foyer, entry, hall, living room, dining room, and sunroom/office helped to marry the remodeled kitchen to the rest of the house. Likewise, refinishing the existing oak hardwoods when the new kitchen floor was laid, allowed for a seamless flow between rooms.

In contrast to the warm palette on the main floor, the colors chosen for the upper level are calming and cool. Walking into the master bedroom, one instantly feels a wave of serenity.

In order to accommodate the master bath addition, some space was taken away from the master bedroom and the existing closet and built-in dresser at the knee wall were taken out. A window and an etched glass pocket door allow for more natural light in the master suite. The large shower with white subway tile and a marble accent band is lovely. The custom vanity, medicine cabinets, and cabinets in the WC look so elegant with the marble counters.

This home has such a sophisticated, warm, welcoming feel after the graceful transformations of the kitchen remodel and master bath addition. The homeowners are thrilled with the results. And I am so grateful to have worked with such genuinely kind clients.

kitchen detail with arch to match existing elsewhere in home, reconfigured doorways

marble counters, fisher paykel dishwasher on left, under mount sink, new hardwood floors in kitchen

new kitchen opened up to dining room, cabinet faced refrigerator, gas stove, custom cabinetry

new living room color

new office/sunroom wall color

vanity in master bath with marble counter, under mount sink and new window

water closet with storage

walk in shower with bench, two shower heads, subway tile with marble detail

master bedroom with entrance to new bath, new wall color

detail of pocket door to master bath with frosted glass

new master bedroom drapes

detail of foyer color

details of stairwell and entry color

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Year in Review

2010

The year began with a trip to Paris, the most romantic and beautiful city in the world. I was especially moved by the Eiffel Tower. Looking at the intricately engineered structure, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being impressed by the stature of this iconic symbol. While walking through Père Lachaise cemetery, I was swept away by the breathtaking architecture of the churches and monuments. I was bowled over by the design of retail shops, flower stands and the food – which takes composition and form to a different level altogether.

Color coordinating the books in my home became an obsessive exercise in attention to detail, and was soothing to my sense of placement and color blocking.

In July, I moved from my 1956 home in West Linn where I had lived for 10 years. I raised my family there and spent much love and work, painstakingly restoring our home with an emphasis on preserving the historical and architectural integrity. It was difficult to move – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – hard to leave behind a home with many memories, and a personal design project that had literally just been completed. Regardless, the plan was always to move back to the city once the children were done with school and it became the goal as 2010 began.

I moved back into Portland, to a 1920s bungalow near my childhood home. I have undertaken a number of design projects at the new home – painting inside and out, re-configuring the chicken coops, gardening, with many more projects in the works. I love my neighborhood and enjoy being nearer to friends, work, and all of the culture that this city has to offer.

Tearing apart an old shed to turn into a chicken coop

New house color

Earlier this year, I did some interior design consulting for Phoenix Redevelopment, a company that rehabilitates distressed properties. They had approached me for advice on two of their mid century listings. I selected the interior and exterior colors, address numbers, kitchen cabinets & finishes, light fixtures, and flooring. When the remodels were complete and the homes were listed, I was asked to consult on the staging of furniture and accessories in one of the homes. This has led to SBaird Design’s latest offering: home staging.

SBaird Design branched out in December, launching home staging services. We stage vacant and occupied homes, provide in-home consultations, dispense staging advice a la distance, and offer remodeling consultations for homes on the real estate market.

SBaird Design had the pleasure to work with the sweet homeowners of this 1928 home in Alameda. We remodeled the kitchen, opening up the space while emphasizing the historical appropriateness of the renovation. Upstairs, we added an elegant master bath within the existing footprint. Photos of the finished project will be posted next week.

Master bath finish selections

Construction of archway at kitchen

I designed a walnut shelf with my friend and talented designer & craftsman Delaney Kelly. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in a few weeks.

I took a class this fall at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts on outdoor structure building. Working for two weekends outside to construct a simple building for students to spend time out of doors was challenging and exhilarating. The finished deck/porch with benches and a roof was something that would be enjoyable to recreate again in our own backyard.

I recently consulted on the kitchen paint and finishes in a longtime client’s home. The large dining room gave the owners ample space to build out a half bath, a refrigerator nook, and a broom closet.

In December, SBaird Design secured contracts for two new design projects:

I’ll be involved in the exterior and interior design of the old film exchange building on NW 19th. Built in the 1930s, the Star Film Exchange complex housed six Hollywood film distributors – the interior still has film vaults and screening rooms. I’m thrilled to be part of the renaissance of this building.

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I’ll also be consulting on an extensive remodel of a 1957 house in Happy Valley and an addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the property. I’m thrilled to begin working on the project with this incredibly kind family.

I have enjoyed procuring mid century furniture, lighting, art, and accessories for the home staging business. I recently restored this 1960 set of Kristian Vedel chairs, with the help of an upholsterer and Delaney Kelly.

New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following.

One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen.  http://www.yucontemporary.org/

Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. http://www.jealousbutcher.com/iceandsnow/preorder.html

some of the musicians and producers of the album/show – (photo by Mark Toal)

poster design by Rob Jones

Rob Jones and the CDs

t shirts

Co-producer – of the final  live concert to be held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations. http://www.riotactmedia.com/artists/bp5ff.php

I could not have completed the year, without hiring a patient and kind assistant, Molly Nearman, in July. She has been a wealth of fortitude and steely reserve even when we are pressed with the various tasks and occasionally over abundant workload that comprises real estate, design, music shows. Molly keeps my business and life flowing. She is an angel in human form.

As I look back on another year, I feel so blessed and grateful that I’m able to do what I love. Thank you to my clients, friends, and family for your support in 2010.

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Kitchen Remodel

I recently consulted on the finishes for a kitchen remodel and half bath addition in Sullivan’s Gulch.  The refrigerator was recessed to add more floor space and a half bath was added by absorbing space from the oversized dining room.  We selected a gray tile to replace the Formica countertop and removed the Pergo floors and installed cork. It turned out beautifully and it was great to work with my clients again.

Other SBaird Design projects at the house include: color selection throughout the house, ebonizing the wood floors, choosing tile for the fireplace, and selecting outdoor paint colors. We also finished the basement: added a full bath, painted the walls, ceiling, and cross beams with Pratt & Lambert Seed Pearl, selected cork floors, and installed chocolate brown sliding doors.

I love the juxtaposition of sleek, minimal interiors in an old home.

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Alameda Progress – Week 9

I’m consistently amazed at the progress at our weekly on-site progress meetings.  Vermont Danby marble counter tops are being installed tomorrow in the kitchen, master bath, and hall bath.  The master bath window is in, the master bedroom walls are painted, tile work in the master bath is in progress, and new custom doors have been installed.

Next:  more painting, cabinet painting, hardware, tile, and hardwood floor refinishing

 


 

 

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