Category Archives: Restoration

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:

IMG_0961

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

IMG_0963

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.

IMG_0962IMG_0964IMG_0965

 

Images from end of July:

IMG_5153

move-in day.

IMG_5155

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

IMG_5154IMG_5157IMG_5158IMG_5160IMG_5163IMG_5164IMG_5174IMG_5175IMG_5176

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Remodeling, Restoration

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.

DSC_1131

DSC_1133

the patina on the copper gutters and downspouts are stunning

DSC_1136

ipe cover for the meter and emergency shut off

DSC_1198

inspecting the under cabinet lighting and plug molds

DSC_1200

DSC_1252

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

DSC_1255

ipe cedar skylights copper

DSC_1259

hello beautiful

DSC_1260

DSC_1263

new concrete pad poured for the stairs off of the deck

house numbers

looking good in the neighborhood

DSC_1254 (1)

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

DSC_1148 (1)

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

DSC_1145 (1)

beautiful light in the guest room

DSC_1245 (1)

inspecting

1 Comment

Filed under construction, design, manzanita, Remodeling, Restoration, Uncategorized

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.

P1050004_5_6_7_8 P1050009_10_11_12_13 P1050019_20_21_22_23_tonemapped P1050057_58_59_60_61

Leave a comment

Filed under construction, design, manzanita, Remodeling, Restoration, Uncategorized

Interior colors, furniture and fence for a home in NE Portland

Swiss Coffee OC 45 by Benjamin Moore – Walls

Cotton Balls OC 122 by Benjamin Moore – Trim

DSC_0942DSC_0947DSC_0948DSC_0943DSC_0949DSC_0953DSC_0952DSC_0950DSC_0954DSC_0951DSC_0956DSC_0957DSC_0959DSC_0958

Furniture purchased at Look Modern, sofa, stereo credenza, love seat and desk

Rug purchased at Kush

DSC_0962DSC_0961DSC_0967IMG_4807DSC_0968IMG_4783

New garage door and new fence ( design by SBaird Design )

IMG_4908IMG_4878

2 Comments

Filed under color, design, Furniture, landscape, Paint, Restoration

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

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under carports, construction, design, manzanita, Remodeling, Restoration

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.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under carports, color, Culture, design, Furniture, manzanita, Paint, press, Remodeling, Restoration

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

Leave a comment

Filed under color, design, outdoor lighting, Paint, Remodeling, Restoration

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

3 Comments

Filed under color, construction, design, Remodeling, Restoration

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.

before

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.

1 Comment

Filed under color, design, Furniture, home staging, Remodeling, Restoration

Newly restored Kristian Vedel “Modus” set c.1960

fully restored 1960 Kristian Vedel "Modus" set

I fell in love with this Kristian Vedel chair and table set when I first laid eyes on it.  However, I did not realize what a remarkable find I had discovered until I conducted some research.  Perhaps Vedel’s most iconic work, the award-winning “Modus” chair and side table set was designed by Kristian Vedel and manufactured by Soren Willadsen in 1960.

The chairs were in need of new leather cushions and the ottoman/side table required a new rosewood veneer, but I was inspired after seeing photos of the set in their mint glory.  Luckily, I had a leftover black cowhide from a previous design project, which worked perfectly for the new cushions.

I paid a visit to dear friend and talented woodworker Delaney Kelly at Creative Woodworking.  Delaney was happy to make a new book-matched veneer for the side table.  He recommended we check out Gilmer Wood for the closest match to the original Brazilian Rosewood.

Myles Gilmer, the knowledgeable owner of Gilmer Wood, was kind enough to give us a tour of the warehouse.  He took time to answer our questions about some of the hundreds of exotic species stocked there.  He explained that the Brazilian Rosewood originally used for the chairs is now a protected species, but he found a close match in a Rosewood board from Madagascar.

Before

Kristian Vedel "Modus" chairs - before

Restoration

new black leather cushions

Gilmer Wood warehouse

Delaney Kelly - making book-matched veneer from our Rosewood board

restored side table with new veneer

2 Comments

Filed under Furniture, Restoration