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France: Wine, Cheese and Environmental Laws

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels.

This became official back in March but continues to make us happy everyday. We always try to incorporate plants and energy saving, earth conscious practices into our interiors and exterior designs. How lovely that laws can have such a beautiful and positive impact on design and the earth at the same time.


Just one more reason to love France.

Form, function and color are dominant in this NY rooftop.

Trees at street level and on the top deck in Paris.

Chicago’s City hall speaks volumes about leading the way by example.

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Update : SE 52nd Bungalow

Its been a productive and fast paced spring at the bungalow on Mt. Tabor.

Siding is on, drywall is up and getting finished, wiring is temped in. Now, it is all gearing up for the finishing touches! Paint, fixtures, cabinetry, tile and more.

We took a quick stop-in to check out the job site yesterday. During the walk through, we kept marveling at the beauty and change that we saw throughout. Here are a couple of before and after snaps. Transformation abounds.

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Commercial: Completion of NE Prescott

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.


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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



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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.


Memorabilia, items and images found inside the ceilings, walls and floors during deconstruction.


A blank canvas.


Plumbing from the main bathroom.


Preserving the main arch from the dining to the living room is a top priority.


This arch will be repeated in the widened opening from the dining room to the kitchen.


Gorgeous light pours in from the upstairs windows.


The guest bedroom.


How sweet that the natural shape of the dormer is the iconic shape of a home.



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Residential: SE 52nd Ave

A new design client was referred to SBaird Design by a real estate associate. Anne, had just purchased this sweet Mt.Tabor bungalow. In need of extensive remodeling and repairs, Anne came to us with an open heart and enthusiasm. Her goal: to remodel this little gem into the mecca for all her family and grandchildren; to design a cozy, welcoming space and design the space to be her forever home.

Excited to take on a new challenge and make a new friend, we are thrilled with Anne and her home. After 2 long years of woking on the Manzanita remodel, we were ready to be back and focused in Portland. However, we were not ready to part with the people of that project. Having established a symbiotic relationship with Tod Phillips, the General Contractor who completed the Manzanita job, we were overjoyed when he informed us he was willing to continue working with us on a project in Portland. An initial meeting between Anne and Tod was arranged and they hit it off splendidly. The team was solidified. SBaird Design and Wood Specialty Construction would continue their partnership.

These photos are from SBaird Design’s first site consultation and subsequent meetings with Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction, where we documented the home and began to make as-builts for space planning.


IMG_0695 Classic bungalow facade from the street. A modified exterior faces the backyard. This will be remodeled to create more space inside the home and to architecturally honor the home’s original aesthetic.


Expanding the front porch will allow for a more welcoming entry.


Two designers. Two clients. All in agreement.


Features like built-ins and custom moulding will be restored throughout the home.


Currently, the dining room acts as a main pathway for traffic. Widening and shifting of doorways will aid the flow of the home.


Technology is our friend: using a Leica laser measuring tool synched with the bluetooth on our phone, we are able to build an approximate floorplan on site.

More images from a few weeks later:


The General Contractor, Tod Philips (left) of Wood Specialty Construction, discusses the foundation work that needs to happen with the owner of M. Leon construction, Pascal (right). The two of them had a jam session talking out ideas.


A trip to WestPac was a necessity to pick out doors, trim and windows. The rep, Jeff Pilger (left) had worked with Tod (right) on a project out at the coast almost 15 years ago.


The meeting at WestPac was very successful. We were even able to source the trim profiles we had selected on site earlier in the day.


Anne, our sweet and lovely client. She is so genuine and kind that we are compelled with love to make this project a success.

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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.



the patina on the copper gutters and downspouts are stunning


ipe cover for the meter and emergency shut off


inspecting the under cabinet lighting and plug molds



interior of the newly constructed sauna. the cedar smells amazing.


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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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