Former clients of SBaird Real Estate contacted us for assistance for the redesign of their den. Jessica and Dave, the homeowners, were stuck on what to do with their room. The space is open to their large kitchen and overlooks the backyard. As they were overseeing the remodel of their kitchen, they realized they needed to redo the den to coordnate with the updated space. The old layout was just not working as efficiently as they would like. The couple is also planning for a family in the future, so all designs needed to be thought-out for a little one in mind.
A young, fun couple who enjoy hosting friends for sporting events, they also needed plenty of seating for entertaining. They had been contemplating an L-Shaped Sectional but could not figure how to fit it into the room. After meeting with them at their home, SBaird Design developed 2 recommended plans, each optimizing efficient space planning, soothing color palette, and a casual yet crisp design.
Below are the 2 options with the recommended furnishings. Which do you think they choose?
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.
A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.
A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.
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.
Living Room and entry way.
Living Room and new fireplace.
An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.
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.
In having lived in my tiny home for a couple of months now, I am starting to realize the importance of my home office desk. Does it function the way I need it to? Is taking up too much space? I find that when I need to spread-out with papers I always migrate to the dining room table. Currently, my home office is located in the heart of my ADU. That means my vintage Tanker desk is the center of my home. I love the Tanker desk but it is a … tank. A gorgeous, big tank.
After reading articles and research, I am considering parting ways with the beloved behemoth and making my home office more efficient and petite. The best examples I have come across are desks with storage, cubbies, designated spaces. They become something else. They hide the clutter. These are a new generation of desks, adapting to smaller living spaces and more laptop users. Here are a few I have come across. If you have any more you know of, send them my way. What do you use in your home?
This Mid-century vintage one just might be the start of something…
Several of our projects this past year have all had repeating themes.
In every one of our residential projects we have had to specify window coverings. In our commercial projects it has been a constant hunt for the ideal office chair.
Funnily enough, after dealing with these subjects for months and finding great solutions and product, Remodelista (one of our favorite design blogs) came out with two articles covering these topics with a lot of the same results we found.
It is invaluable information to have. Read over the findings and tuck away the information for when you come across these challenges.
Below is great article about deciding to use roller shades in the home. I have had them in my home for years and have always loved the simplicity.
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.