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Update 2015: SE 52nd Bulgalow

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.

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The most perfect yard sign ever created. A big thank you and hats off to Tod Philips, the general contractor, who took it upon himself to create such a work of art (his sign is on the left, ours on the right). The roof pitch of the sign even has the same roof pitch of the bungalow. What attention to detail!

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Instead of two smaller windows in the upper bedrooms, we collectively decided to have one larger window. Its may seem trivial but it will allow for more unobstructed light and bring down the cost of construction. The chimney, while no longer functioning, is an important design element that is being preserved. It’s style and small details are classic bungalow features that add to the charm of the home.

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Back of the home will be extended into the back yard. A larger kitchena nd a larger master bedroom will each have access to the large, covered back porch.

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Looking from the front door through to the back of the future kitchen extension.

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Original built-in cabinets flanked either side of the fireplace. By removing them to preserve the antique leaded glass, it also offers the opportunity to repair and restore the chimney while reframing in the new window openings.

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Instagram : A day in the life

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

http://instagram.com/sbairddesign

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Space Planning : Mixed Media Room

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. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.

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After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.

Option A

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Option B

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Option C

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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?

 

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Update: SE 52nd Bungalow

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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Redesign of Den for an expanding family

Former clients of SBaird Real Estate contacted us for assistance for the redesign of their den. Jessica and Dave, the homeowners, were stuck on what to do with their room. The space is open to their large kitchen and overlooks the backyard. As they were overseeing the remodel of their kitchen, they realized they needed to redo the den to coordnate with the updated space. The old layout was just not working as efficiently as they would like. The couple is also planning for a family in the future, so all designs needed to be thought-out for a little one in mind.

A young, fun couple who enjoy hosting friends for sporting events, they also needed plenty of seating for entertaining. They had been contemplating an L-Shaped Sectional but could not figure how to fit it into the room. After meeting with them at their home, SBaird Design developed 2 recommended plans, each optimizing efficient space planning, soothing color palette, and a casual yet crisp design.

Below are the 2 options with the recommended furnishings. Which do you think they choose?

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Remodel: Finishes consult

 

A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.

 

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A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.

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A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.

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The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.

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Living Room and entry way.

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Living Room and new fireplace.

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An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.

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Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.

SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.

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Manzanita: Wrap party + final images

The final push almost killed us. One week prior to the client’s arrival, we drove to the coast and managed, cleaned and assisted on the job site everyday for 12+ hours. The entire crew and Tod Phillips were amazing. Of course, we did it. Sleep deprived and half lucid.

As a wonderful gesture of her thanks to everyone who worked on this project, Renee held a party for all of the coastal workers at the beach house.

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Very happy with the final outcome, we decided to enter several of the spaces from this home into a design competition hosted by one of our favorite design blogs, Remodelista. Finalists will be announced on July 16th. Here is the link to check out all of the entries. Below are the images we entered:

Bathroom:

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Home Office : the desk

In having lived in my tiny home for a couple of months now, I am starting to realize the importance of my home office desk. Does it function the way I need it to? Is taking up too much space? I find that when I need to spread-out with papers I always migrate to the dining room table. Currently, my home office is located in the heart of my ADU. That means my vintage Tanker desk is the center of my home. I love the Tanker desk but it is a … tank. A gorgeous, big tank.

 

After reading articles and research, I am considering parting ways with the beloved behemoth and making my home office more efficient and petite. The best examples I have come across are desks with storage, cubbies, designated spaces. They become something else. They hide the clutter. These are a new generation of desks, adapting to smaller living spaces and more laptop users. Here are a few I have come across. If you have any more you know of, send them my way. What do you use in your home?

 

This Mid-century vintage one just might be the start of something…

 

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Commercial + Residential: Office Seating + Simple shades

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.

 

http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-easy-pieces-classic-desk-chairs

Egoa Task Chair

 

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.

http://www.remodelista.com/posts/remodeling-101-roller-blinds

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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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