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Irvington color consult and design – SBaird Design

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Exterior colors of Wolf and Seed Pearl, Pratt and Lambert Paints and interior colors mostly of Seed Pearl. My client has incredible design acumen and did not need much help with furnishings and lighting. It all came together perfectly.

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by | July 2, 2013 · 8:31 am

How to design a House – book review

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Initially chosen because I thought that it would be explanatory and literal I found that it was much deeper upon reading. While architecture was covered broadly, there was emotion in the words and descriptions of what home means to the occupants and how their homes interact with the world.

My favorite portion perhaps was the interview with  the architect John Pawson on the building/remodeling of his own home in London.

How about lighting? It’s all concealed is it?

– Yes, it’s nice not to see the fittings. It’s hugely important for atmosphere. There’s lots of lighting in coves so it washes the walls and it’s also concealed above and below the benches. I only put downlights in restricted spaces where they’re framed so they’re not loose on the ceilings like showers. It makes it difficult to light the table if you do that – that’s the problem. We use candles. When you talk about having a vocabulary or certain givens, the walls are white, floors are usually stone or wood or concrete, lighting is concealed, storage is made to disappear. – John Pawson

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And this quote  from the book – “In some cases, house and site are one and the same thing. Site is also context in a broader sense. What’s outside the front door? A road, a lawn, a driveway? Houses are the building blocks of streets, suburbs, towns and cities, woven into countless patterns of habitation.”

Published by Conran in conjunction with Design Museum, the worlds leading museum devoted to contemporary design.

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Manzanita project update March

“So many bees in a nest” is how the general contractor described the sub contractors and progress on the job site this week.

Sheet rock was hung and is being taped now, the copper roof with skylight for the sauna/outdoor shower area was installed, the exterior stairs are being poured along with the landing today. The house is taking shape in a way that denotes completion, one can see it coming to life more substantially now. Note the photo’s where the ipe vertically hung siding is visible. The copper will be shiny like a penny for just a few days before the salt air takes over turning it a darker color quickly.

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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.

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design/architecture movie recommendation

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link to preview – coast modern film


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Kitchen and 3 bath remodels SW Portland SBaird Design

SBaird Design just completed this kitchen and 3 baths for a home in SW Portland. New oak floors, wall colors, cabinets, counters, lighting and opened kitchen to dining room. New tile, plumbing fixtures and cabinets in baths.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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