Archives for February2014

Joe in Pacific Heights

Syd provided detailed carpentry work on my condo renovation in Pacific Heights. He was a true professional and his skills were exemplary. Syd took on projects ranging from crown moulding to hardwood flooring and provided both guidance and heads-down effort to deliver a quality result. Many of the projects were challenging and required a creative approach. Syd didn’t shy away from these and always delivered. He was also very reliable. I never had to worry that he was burning up time on the clock with unproductive work. I’d recommend him on any job, especially those that require excellent carpentry skills.

Pacific Heights Condo

This is a condo in Pacific Heights that I was originally hired to rework all of the old doors, repair and reinstall the jambs, hang the doors and install the old refurbished hardware. After that, the owner kept me to do the finish carpentry, and build custom soffits. In this first picture you can see the ornate medallion and soffit in the dining room. The second picture shows the soffit in the master bedroom, which is a little more intricate, with extra moulding detail and 45 degree corners.
This is one of the windows I trimmed to try to match the original. More pictures of all of this are coming soon.
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This is one of the two archways leading into (and out of) the dining room. The detail is 2 pieces of wood bent around the curve.
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This is at the bottom of the archway, I wanted to make the section stand out from the rest of the baseboard, so there is extra detail on top of the baseboard to tie it all together.
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This is one of the 11 doors that I reworked (some needed patching, hardware/ hinges changed from one side to the other, squared, sanded and painted) The plinths are custom, I built them from square-stock maple (the piece at the bottom where the door trim meets the baseboard) The rosettes (at the top corners) are also custom, although I did not make them.
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Bathroom in Piedmont

This is a bathroom remodel that I did in Piedmont. I tore it down to bare studs, insulated, rewired, new drywall and flooring, all new fixtures and a custom tiled shower. 
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It is a small room, so it was difficult to get pictures. This one was taken from outside, through the window… 
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for this one, I was standing in the shower.
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The mirror will be hung soon, and frameless shower doors will be installed.
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Clayton Kitchen

This is a kitchen remodel that I did in Clayton. These pictures were taken near completion, but there were still some things not yet done. I will have more pictures soon of the completed kitchen.

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I removed the old cabinets and counter, moved and added some outlets, rearranged the location of appliances, installed the new cabinets and tiled the backsplash and floor.

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The back side of the peninsula is paneled in the same wood as the cabinets, as can be seen on the end, pictured here.

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Redwood Gates

These are some redwood gates I built at a house in Montclair. The pictures show raw wood first, then stained.

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The first gates are concealing the garbage and recycling cans, previously this area was just open and the customer didn’t want them to be seen.

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This style was chosen to match the entry gates on the other side of the driveway.

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This gate was to separate the back deck from the front, so that the dogs could be outside and contained to this area.

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It had to be notched and shaped to fit against the house and look as though it was meant to be there.

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This one was a little tricky. It was previously part of the railing that I converted into a gate so that the dogs could be let out into the backyard. The angles seen on the gate itself are cut to fit into where the railing had been.
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These pictures are hard to see because of the glare from the sun, but they are all after the stain was applied.
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3 Bathroom Remodel

The following pictures are of 3 bathrooms in the same house which I gave minor to moderate facelifts. This first set of pictures shows the upstairs bathroom which got the most work: New vanity cabinet, new counter, sink, faucet and backsplash, also new tille floor with tile baseboard.
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This is the master bathroom sink which is the old cabinet but new counter, sink, faucet and backsplash. The master bathroom also got a new shower door (which is pictured on the ‘frameless shower doors‘ page)

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Finally, this is the powder room, which also had a new counter, sink, faucet and backsplash but kept the old vanity cabinet. The backsplash in this room continues past the sink to mimic the wainscoting on the opposite wall.

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Frameless Shower Door

Here is a frameless shower door that I installed, the door that it replaced is pictured next to it.
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This custom shower never had a door or curtain, the theory was that it was big enough and the water was far enough away that it wasn’t necessary. The new owner felt differently and wanted me to install something that kept the open feel of the shower, but reduced the water splashing out the opening. So this door is only 4 feet tall and about 2 feet wide. 
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