Monthly Archives: September 2010

Progress – Alameda Kitchen Remodel and Master Bath Addition

Week 5 Update

Our clients have returned from their month-long vacation in Europe.  Fortunately, most of the demolition occurred while they were away.  Framing, rough-in plumbing and electrical have gone in, and rough-in electrical continues on site. The arch at the dining room & kitchen went in this week and it’s exciting to envision the more open kitchen layout.

Coming up:  insulation, drywall, and final cabinet measurements

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EXCLUSIVE: Death Cab’s Chris Walla Covers Led Zep!

photo by autumn de wilde

This has been the highlight of the project thus far, okay, well maybe one of many…it is a gorgeous personal rendition of the original off of In Through the Out Door.

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simple lighting, dropped pendent with bulb(s)

grouping these in multiples is graphically interesting to me, as seen in the edison by pottery barn below. i would consider running three single ones above a dining room table in a straight line. very simple and pure.

schoolhouse electric – benedict $ 69.00

cb2 – utility pendant lamp $39.95

rejuvenation – burnside $112

pottery barn – edison $399

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Going back to school

I have been waiting for this moment for years literally, both a little scared and very excited to be going to Oregon College of Arts and Crafts this weekend and next, for a four days hands on wood working class, specifically geared towards backyard structure building. Yes, I have always wanted to know how to build anything, and often say that I wish that I were an electrician, a plumber, an HVAC contractor…as all of that is infinitely fascinating to me. Then I could build a house, from bottom up. Brendan Conaway is the instructor and his website is inspiring We have a new house, a new yard and have inherited the perfect place for a backyard structure where an old garage used to be, the foundation is still there and the promise can be seen in the parameter of concrete.

From the instructor:

Hi Everybody,

Welcome to the Backyard Structures class !

This class is a great opportunity to put together a good tool belt, fill it with some tools, and get used to wearing it and using it. Here are the tools you’ll need:

Tool belt and bags – A “framers” set-up, with big bags for nails/screws, and smaller pockets for tools. Should have a loop for a hammer. Most are made of cordura nylon, which is pretty strong. Some have fixed bags, others are a component system, which allows you to add bags as needed. (I added a ‘holster’ for my drill, and that’s been very useful.) Get something you like and feels really comfortable.

Hammer – A ‘framing’ hammer which has a waffle face on the head, meaning that the surface which strikes the nail is NOT smooth, but has a rough surface. I use a 21 ounce hammer, but something a little lighter would also be OK. Get something that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can swing easily. Do NOT get a hammer with a metal shaft. Wood is better, absorbs shocks and saves your wrist, elbow, etc. The ‘Vaughn” 19  oz. ‘California Framer” was popular with the last class.

Tape measure –  25 feet long. Get one that locks well and is affordable to you. The cheap ones break sooner, but the expensive ones also break, or get dropped, lost, etc.

Speed square – This is a triangular piece of metal (or plastic) to draw perpendicular lines across the face of boards. Get the 6” version, and hopefully your tool belt will have a handy triangular pocket that fits it exactly.

Bear Claw – Also known as a Cat’s Paw, this is like a small sharp crowbar for removing nails. If you don’t make any mistakes, you won’t need one. (I use mine often…)

Gloves – I use those over-engineered, ergonomic, padded “framing” gloves that leave my thumb and first two fingers uncovered. They’re great, enabling me to get into my work, not worry too much about what I’m picking up, and save my skin from blisters, splinters, and cuts. They fit tightly and I don’t really notice I have them on. They’re a little pricey, and they don’t last forever, but I always use them.

Eye and ear protection.

Rain gear, extra pair of socks and work shoes. It looks like it’ll rain (a lot or a little) so please be prepared to work in the wet.

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Such good press about the album already…

We met with the Portland Schools Foundation this morning to explain further our donation to First Octave which supports arts and music in the schools. They loved the promotional pieces, t shirts and project, very excited to get us connected with the behind the scenes parents who rally for First Octave and those that donate to the program. Love. Love. Love. All around.

SPIN magazine is doing a story and it was on NPR yesterday, all of this is taking me a little by surprise, I told Rob that it feels like someone’s birthday every single day.

Under the Radar:
Consequence of Sound:
Music Slut:
Swollen Fox:
Tight but Loose:

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Jealous Butcher Records Presents From the Land of Ice and Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin

I’ve had the good fortune to be one of the executive producers of this compilation featuring prominent Northwest artists’ renditions of Led Zeppelin songs.  I’m excited to announce the upcoming CD release on October 12th and the upcoming show October 9th at the Doug Fir Lounge.

This double album – a labor of love for all those involved – has been six years in the making.  I first heard about the project 18 months ago.  I was at a client’s home when Rob Jones of Jealous Butcher Records stopped by to ask the client if he would record a song for the album.  I was speechless at first upon hearing about this record because Led Zeppelin is my favorite band.

Rob explained that he had been working on the project for the past six years, but he was unsure of who exactly would be best to use/and all of the steps ahead seemed like little mountains, for recording, mastering, producing, merchandising, and marketing the album.  Some of the songs also needed to be received, and tracked down from all of those who had offered to send something Rob’s way.  I immediately offered to do anything that I could to make sure that it could be finished.  I enlisted the help of Jeff Saltzman to master, Mike Jones of CD Forge to produce the CDs, Joan Hiller Depper of Riot Act Media to handle publicity, and Chad Crouch of Hush Records to help with t-shirt production.  Artist/ illustrator Carson Ellis designed the album cover.

Thus began my eighteen month long journey with the project.  It’s hard to believe that we’re one month away from the CD release and show.  You can preorder the double CD and/or t-shirts here.

Though I had no previous experience being an executive producer for an album, I found that the skills I use everyday in my real estate and design work aptly transfered to album production.  Production is production, in the end.

I had so many wonderful experiences working on this album.  The opportunity to work with friends I’ve known for years but rarely get to spend time with in our hectic lives.  The challenge of working on something I’ve never done before.  Watching all of the pieces come together.  Meetings with Rob, Joan, and Mike.  Early listenings of songs.  The anticipation, pleading, patience  and being so pleased in the end, while waiting for Chris Walla’s song, ‘In the Evening’.  The indelible mark that each artist left on their particular song.

I would love to do it all over again.

album photo shoot:

breakfast marketing/release meeting with Mike Jones, Joan Hiller Depper, and Rob Jones

chad crouch with dave depper and rob jones in background

corrina repp, joan hiller depper, sheryl eckrich and baby sam

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Alameda Kitchen Remodel and Master Bath Addition

When our clients recently had their 1928 Alameda home on the market, the feedback from potential buyers’ consistently emphasized the need for a kitchen remodel and a master bath addition.  The clients’ realtor graciously referred them to SBaird Design and we are grateful for the referral.  SBaird Design went to work on the design of a historically appropriate kitchen remodel and master bath addition.  A design build firm was interviewed and hired as the contractor.

Demolition has now commenced at their 1928 Alameda home.  Fortunately, the homeowners are enjoying a vacation while their home is in disarray.


Demolition Phase

Next steps:  framing, rough-in  plumbing, rough-in electrical, and rough-in HVAC

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