Category Archives: 19th and Arkansas

Over Hill Over Dale



The transformation of the 19th Street House is complete.  Just when you thought it was safe to go into San Franciso…

Finishes Line

Redwood is up on the bay, prepped for plaster:

Interior sheetrock:

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On the Inside Looking Out

After much ado, the large glass windows have finally arrived and are being installed.  However, this includes the frames alone.  The glass will have to wait, as every single pane was damaged in transit.  We should be seeing some of the glass in place this week, and coming soon: PC Plaster!

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Windows On San Francisco

After a brief delay, our windows have arrived and we have begun to install them.  The roof is being sheathed, the deck is being framed, and the electrical has been installed.  We are working to finalize material selection, and furniture is being reviewed.  We hope things can be completed within the next few months…


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A close up of the house with plywood sheathing in place over the bay window…

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We finally have the new exterior walls and roof framed in.  Here it is from the street:

And here it is from the interior:

We continue to account for surprises in the field, but the project is looking good and making progress.

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Pipes and Posts

The new plumbing is in place, which might seem like a minor victory – but when remodeling a home, the work is much more challenging than building new.  There are always undiscovered conditions (the dropped floor in this photo was one of them).  There is a need for constant oversight, and a lot of on the fly thinking and problem solving.  It helps that I’m on site almost daily – many contractors will shoot first and ask questions later.  However, we are fortunate to have very conscientious guys in the field…

To add a little to the challenges, some of the work done by a previous contractor needs to be removed.  Here’s a photo of some of the items that will be removed in the next few days.  A great example of the work of a cowboy like the one I mentioned above:

The PSL you see above was cut down from the required 11 inches to 9.5 inches so it would fit in the ceiling.  They added left the existing saw cut beam under it – but the two materials will not work together.  Very convenient for finish drywall, but not too convenient for the building to stand up.  The big post cap hardware will need to be replaced as well…



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Concrete Pour

An image of the footing just before the inspection. We poured it today. Should have initialed it. 🙂


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19th Street Update

Just a brief update. We are working on reframing our bay window. The previous design was a straightforward box bay, but the revised version is a form that responds to the site condition by angling itself toward the view.

An image of the bay being reconfigured:


Some bay window debris:


The bay from below:


A sketch to clarify the bay window detail:


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