Category Archives: Remodeling

Remodel: Finishes consult

 

A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.

 

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A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.

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A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.

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The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.

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Living Room and entry way.

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Living Room and new fireplace.

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An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.

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Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.

SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.

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Residential: SE 52nd Ave

A new design client was referred to SBaird Design by a real estate associate. Anne, had just purchased this sweet Mt.Tabor bungalow. In need of extensive remodeling and repairs, Anne came to us with an open heart and enthusiasm. Her goal: to remodel this little gem into the mecca for all her family and grandchildren; to design a cozy, welcoming space and design the space to be her forever home.

Excited to take on a new challenge and make a new friend, we are thrilled with Anne and her home. After 2 long years of woking on the Manzanita remodel, we were ready to be back and focused in Portland. However, we were not ready to part with the people of that project. Having established a symbiotic relationship with Tod Phillips, the General Contractor who completed the Manzanita job, we were overjoyed when he informed us he was willing to continue working with us on a project in Portland. An initial meeting between Anne and Tod was arranged and they hit it off splendidly. The team was solidified. SBaird Design and Wood Specialty Construction would continue their partnership.

These photos are from SBaird Design’s first site consultation and subsequent meetings with Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction, where we documented the home and began to make as-builts for space planning.

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IMG_0695 Classic bungalow facade from the street. A modified exterior faces the backyard. This will be remodeled to create more space inside the home and to architecturally honor the home’s original aesthetic.

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Expanding the front porch will allow for a more welcoming entry.

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Two designers. Two clients. All in agreement.

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Features like built-ins and custom moulding will be restored throughout the home.

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Currently, the dining room acts as a main pathway for traffic. Widening and shifting of doorways will aid the flow of the home.

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Technology is our friend: using a Leica laser measuring tool synched with the bluetooth on our phone, we are able to build an approximate floorplan on site.

More images from a few weeks later:

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The General Contractor, Tod Philips (left) of Wood Specialty Construction, discusses the foundation work that needs to happen with the owner of M. Leon construction, Pascal (right). The two of them had a jam session talking out ideas.

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A trip to WestPac was a necessity to pick out doors, trim and windows. The rep, Jeff Pilger (left) had worked with Tod (right) on a project out at the coast almost 15 years ago.

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The meeting at WestPac was very successful. We were even able to source the trim profiles we had selected on site earlier in the day.

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Anne, our sweet and lovely client. She is so genuine and kind that we are compelled with love to make this project a success.

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Commercial : NE Prescott

This is a project that has been born of love and labor.

A commercial real estate transaction I managed for a client then transformed into a design consulting job. The space, a former grocers-turned-upholstery shop is getting a new use as a workshop for vintage poster restoration. Structural work, mechanical, as well as finishes and design all had to be thought out. The owner/client has a good aesthetic and knew the general direction in which he wanted the building to go. SBaird Design was hired to help refine ideas, give lighting advice and consulting on finishes and space planning.

The project is almost complete. Here are some images from our site visits with the client.

Visit in the beginning of June:

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care was taken to preserve the original terrazzo inlay. the number 1073 was the building’s historic address.

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when the ceiling was removed, care was taken to preserve the original roof structure. the decision was made to keep the wood exposed and have it sandblasted to remove old dirt and grime. the natural wood adds lots of warmth to the space.

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Images from end of July:

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move-in day.

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hand-made large format hex tiles add wabi-sabi charm

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Manzanita project update: May 2014

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.

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the patina on the copper gutters and downspouts are stunning

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ipe cover for the meter and emergency shut off

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inspecting the under cabinet lighting and plug molds

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interior of the newly constructed sauna. the cedar smells amazing.

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ipe cedar skylights copper

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new concrete pad poured for the stairs off of the deck

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looking good in the neighborhood

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custom rail around the sauna heater prevents any burns. rocks were cleaned and placed by the owner on her last visit.

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admiring the quiet and calm of the coast and view from the deck

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beautiful light in the guest room

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inspecting

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Custom Design: Wood Shed

Wood sheds are a perfect example of functional + practical design. They are made for one purpose: storing wood.

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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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.”  
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.photo 4

Our craftsman on the job is a god send and gave us some great information on the layout and parameters to stick with:

  1. 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.
  2. The slope of the wood shed needs to be 1:12 to match the host home.
  3. 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.

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It will be finessed and design changes will be made but it is a good start.

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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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