While we have posted about this project earlier this year, we cannot help but write again about Jason Leonard’s sweet project in NE Portland as it has just received some press on design sponge.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!