This project was unique, as the owner wanted to bring walls in to allow for an exterior deck where there had been an interior pantry/kitchen area.
The drawings were done prior to my involvement, and the heavy lifting of structural engineering had been coordinated and over seen by my client’s retired father, who had been a builder.
When I got there, they had secured the building permit, and were anxious to get started.
I bought in my team, and we started to do demo. The whole side of the building, floor, and adjacent siding needed to come off and conform to the new design: we were creating a draining floor beneath an exterior deck, over another floor, and beneath the upstairs…definitely a first for me. The construction is post and beam, and we need to move one of the critical posts, in order to allow for the openness of the design. The exterior deck was in need of replacement, so we rolled that into a design that incorporated an Ipé deck sealer with the nano-sealer used on the previous project’s exterior.
The subfloor had to drain in two directions, and be covered, stably, with the Ipé surface. The new exterior space had an overhead radiant heater that worked very well. Custom electrical circuits were used throughout, and AKA Electric did a great job with the mechanics of the electrical work.
The interior space was wrapped with new exterior walls, and custom insulated glass units and semi-custom ventilating windows, along with a sliding door as the main egress into the new exterior space.
Inside the cabinets were all custom-made by Wood Creek Company in Emeryville, CA. Jim did a great job with an awkward space. The appliances were updated, and the custom glass tile backsplash between the windows and above the gas range was a nice way to finish it off.
The owner brought in the counter tops and got the previous floor installer to match and continue the hardwood flooring, which turned out great.