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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 last site visit with the client.
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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. 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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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.

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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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