Perspective

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324 Residence Complete!

Most people think that moving walls is a big deal even when it isn’t. These clients were not those people. There is hardly a wall that wasn’t moved, modified or removed altogether as we turned a cramped and divided starter house with an illegal car port into an open, bright and comfortable home with a large 2 car garage. Having reluctantly moved to the suburbs 22 years ago, they were ready to downsize and eager to get back to sights...

Belvedere Update 26

Another Belvedere post! We are now into the finished stuff. The stone front porch with brick edge is done as is the water element next to it. There is some beautiful stone work just on these two parts and they make a great introduction to the house. The stone fireplace install continues. The hardest part is done. The main mantel is one large piece and weighs around 1800 lbs. It was rolled into place using rigging and a cart...

5400 Residence 5

Here we are at present day! Trim is complete, the arbor is just about done with the exception of a few small pieces as is the siding and the doors and windows. It is looking great and with the nice weather, hopefully we can get it painted and mostly wrapped up. The interior is ready for paint and trim. In the photos below you can see the operable platform and it's opening in the loft storage space. Operated by...

6109 Residence

Framing is done! This is a great space, we've been referring to it as the "cathedral" and we can't wait to see it with drywall. Even from the exterior it is an imposing structure. Siding and trim. This is really the only spot from the front of the house where you can tell anything has been added. Cedar siding looks so great when it is first installed. Great little project and we're excited to see it...

Belvedere Update 25

This is a long post, so get ready because there are some cool things in it starting with this first pic. There have been delays due to site work and details but the bridges are finally on site. The steep site requires a unique installation path. To get the bridges to the downhill side of the house they were lifted over the entire house and lowered carefully into place. They actually approached the limits of this crane not due...

Cost vs. Value Report 2013

There are a lot of factors that influence a future remodeling project but resale value seems to be at the top of a lot of clients' minds at the outset whether they are looking to live in the home for another 10 years or if they are interested in selling in 5 years. Whatever the reason for the project this is a question that we are often asked and this link is a fantastic resource.  Remodeling Magazine: Cost vs....

5400 Residence 3

Catching up with this project in a couple posts. Below is a shot of the building framed. We added 2 skylights  to bring even more natural lights into the space. Here is an exterior shot. We used a different wall system on this project to make it the tightest and most efficient space as was feasible for an addition. Once framed and sheathed we added a layer of rigid foam on the exterior. Not only does this add an...

Belvedere Update 24

Construction on the Belvedere is progressing with the installation of the stucco base coat. The photo below is a view of the north elevation looking up from Lakeshore Drive East. Construction of a retaining wall will start soon that will terrace the yard from the street up to this side of the house. All of the masonry has been by Architectural Masonry & Restoration and their work has ben exemplary. From the full stone veneer on the walls to...