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SE Bungalow Update

It took several months but after plans, revisions and submissions to the city we finally have our permits!

The City of Portland is in the middle of a remodel/construction boom, so the permit office is backed-up with more work than they can handle. It does not matter how simple your plans are, or how big your project is, everyone is having to hurry-up and wait. Luckily, our patience prevailed and the permits were issued to begin work on this remodel this week.

As soon as the permits were in-hand, the General Contractor, Tod Phillips, and his team started demolition. Here are a couple of images we captured while taking the initial tour of the deconstructed site.

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Memorabilia, items and images found inside the ceilings, walls and floors during deconstruction.

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A blank canvas.

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Plumbing from the main bathroom.

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Preserving the main arch from the dining to the living room is a top priority.

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This arch will be repeated in the widened opening from the dining room to the kitchen.

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Gorgeous light pours in from the upstairs windows.

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The guest bedroom.

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How sweet that the natural shape of the dormer is the iconic shape of a home.

 

 

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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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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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hello beautiful

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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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Featured on HGTV

A couple of weeks ago, SBaird Design was contacted by a writer from HGTV online. The writer, Colleen, had seen images of some of our work through Houzz and then on our website. After a bit of back in forth and a culling of images and projects, one image of Shannon’s former home + design project in West Linn caught their eye. SBaird Design and Shannon’s hard work to lovingly restore a Mid Century classic is included in an article about successful room dividers. Check out #17!

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/make-space-with-clever-room-dividers/pictures/index.html?i=1

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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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Art in the Garden Lecture:

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan, Author Azby Brown

(images courtesy of Just Enough’s website)

Portland Japanese Garden hosts a lecture on green living next Friday, January 28th with Tokyo-based author Azby Brown.

Friday, January 28, 2011
5:30-7:30pm; Pavilion
$10 members / $15 non-members
Reservations required, space is limited
Purchase on-line or call (503) 542-0280

(from Portland Japanese Garden’s website)

Inspired by his first visit to Katsura Imperial Villa in the 1980s, Tokyo-based author Azby Brown went on to pursue a career in architectural design, ultimately writing The Genius of Japanese Carpentry and a number of other successful books, including Small Spaces, The Japanese Dream House, and The Very Small Home. A graduate of Yale, Brown is a professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and founder and director of the Future Design Institute in Tokyo. His presentation will be on his latest book, Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan, published in 2010.

Through words and sketches, Just Enough tells how people lived 200 years ago during the late Edo period in Japan, when traditional technology and culture were at the peak of development, just before the opening of Japan to the West. Brown shows how people in the 18th-19th centuries dealt with some of the same issues we are facing today—energy, water, materials, food, and population—and forged from these challenges a society that was conservation-minded, waste-free, well-housed, well-fed, and economically robust, and that has bequeathed to us enduring standards of art and beauty.

The lecture will include reflections on Katsura Imperial Villa as the inspiration for Brown’s lifelong career in Japanese architecture and design, as well as his insights into the lessons to be learned from traditional Japan on ways of living green in a densely populated urban society.

A book-signing will follow the lecture.  Buy the book here!



Azby Brown:

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Azby Brown is an artist and designer who has lived in Japan since 1985. He is the author of The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (1995), Small Spaces (1996), The Japanese Dream House (2001) and The Very Small Home (2005). His most recent book, Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan was published in 2010. On the faculty of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology since 1995, he is the director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo.

Read More: Essay by Azby Brown on The Design Observer Group website.

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John Pawson – one of my favorite architects

A long time ago…a friend recommended that I read the book ‘John Pawson’s Works’ -

Ever since, I have been moved – even rendered breathless – by his minimalism and almost sanctuary architecture along with the details of his work. His own home has proven to be a laboratory for his ideals and I often wonder what it would be like to live so monastically.

“It was never just about painting everything white, I set out to create comfortable spaces – visually comfortable spaces. My mind always feels a little scrambled, so being in simple rooms helps me to think straight.” – John Pawson

calvin klein store – paris

pawson residence

pawson residence

walsh house

monastery – czech republic

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