Thankful for everyday that we are privileged to do what we love: design, build trusting relationships and help envision and transform spaces. thank you to everyone that we had the pleasure of working with in 2014. It was a beautiful year!
Last June we wrote about a commercial project born of love and labor.
It was a major remodel on a 1924 grocery-turned-upholstery shop that was being transformed for use as a studio for vintage poster restoration studio called The Affiche Studios. SBaird Design was hired as consultants by the owner/client, Jason Leonard, who knew the general design direction of the project but needed a bit of professional guidance and collaborative input.
Well, Jason is all moved and settled in. The space has also taken on the role of gallery and event space, Archipelago Portland, its grand opening set for next weekend, Jan 25th. We are so proud of this project, all the hard work that Jason put into it and to watch the design contributions we had the pleasure to make become realized.
It is always amazing to see a project through from start to completion. This project has spanned all of 2014 and we are so thrilled that its one of the first milestones to see reached for 2015.
Well done team, well done.
It is incredibly rare as designers that we have had such a talented client document the renovations for us. With Jason’s permission, we have featured some of his gorgeous Instagram photos from this project, but we highly recommend you check out more photos by searching #archipelagopdx.
Hearing feedback from clients on a completed project is one of the best aspects of our business. What works? What is their favorite part of the transformation? The list of questions is endless. Imagine our delight when a repeat client, Sue, sent the kindest email expressing her gratitude of a successful color consultation.
Having assisted with Sue’s colors for the last 10 years, it was a delight to help pick a bright fun palette for her new SW Portland home to match her bright personality. The exterior was easy, pick a similar red to her former home so that the new one would feel more familiar and welcoming. The interior was a bit more complicated. Being a large home with vaulted ceilings and a slightly open floor plan, it was tricky to coordinate the correct flow of rooms through color. Happily, in working together with Sue, we NAILED it and exceeded her expectations.
Here are some snippets from her emails
OMG do I love the rest of the house. The ‘constellation room’ turned out beautifully. It changed the feel of the room entirely.
You did an amazing job – my family loved all of the colors (and we had a fantastic Christmas, this house is just perfect for that) and my friends have all loved them as well. Thank you!!!!!Well done, Color Queen…well done.
Progress continues at the bungalow remodel for our client, Anne. So much has happened!
Tod Phillips, with Wood Specialty Construction, has been hard at work.
Both the front and back porches have been removed and have new footings poured. New window placement has been framed all around the house and the old siding has been removed. The house is now wrapped with a hydro-tec barrier. The rear of the home is being prepped for the addition off the back.
On the inside, the new walls are framed, and some of the original details worth saving have been removed for safe-keeping.
As 2015 moves forward, we look forward to seeing the transformation continue.
Lately, we have realized that we are always on the go. Client meeting, site visits, sourcing trips, the list goes on. It can be difficult to sit down and write a blog post. While social media can be distracting in the workplace, it can also be a wonderful tool. Recently we did a whole 10 hour series called “Day in the Life”.
If you want to keep up with what we are working on, follow us on Instagram for a daily look into our work lives. Username @SBairdDesign
This past fall SBaird Design was approached by a new client to help them with a multi use room that was not meeting their needs. the room is used as an office/ library/ music room. We were challenged to meet all of these needs in a small space of a 11′ x 13′ room.
Space planning is a challenge but meeting several needs in a tight space is a quite a challenge. Luckily, we enjoyed this and saw it as a fun exercise in problem solving. The first step to solving the problem was better educating ourselves on the proper set-up and functions of specialty music/recording equipment. We consulted our friend Beau Sorenson, a sound engineer, about the pieces of equipment and musical needs of our clients. His knowledge and professional opinion proved quite invaluable in our space planning.
With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.
After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.
We have discovered in the past that the best designs to meet a clients’ needs usually are a combination of several parts of our different designs. We are excited to see which pieces of each designs they decide to incorporate into the final product.
Which one do you like?
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.