Clearly, I’m watching too much “It’s a brad brad world” given my poc (pop of color). safety green socks!
We created our own version of “weekend warriors” with the demo of the garage + concrete driveway / slab. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a project going… projects are incredibly stressful and rewarding at the same time. Stressful from the “oh crap, it’s saturday morning and we’re breaking concrete.” … Rewarding to see a plan in the making. “Regret or sacrifice”. Here’s the latest from the weekend.
Tower? nope. Kitchen? negative. We are, however, moving forward with a new garage! We’re planning to use part of the retaining wall for the new garage to save money. We made a fair amount of progress waterproofing the retaining wall this weekend. The existing garage will be demo’d this week with the help of Dustin. I spent all weekend sorting thru boxes we haven’t opened since buying the house. I find it difficult to determine what’s a keeper and what’s not.
Tools of the trade.
The moor grass is in. lighting too. what a difference landscape lighting can make.
Also, we had been going back and forth on what to do with the handrails but finally arrived on a cable system thanks in part to brian. he hooked me up with a ton of remnant pieces that made the decision easy. jason helped weld it all up. The hardware isn’t cheap… so we’ll be doing the cable over time. As you can see, we’re using sailboat lines for a temporary barrier.
Lately, the boys and this detail of the house keep me up a night: This not-so-clear pic shows how the garage is built into the bathroom. Yikes. This technique from 1951 has got to go! No amount of flashing and henry’s will keep water out from this detail.
Flashback — inside the bathroom:
Inside the garage:
So, the official dream addition of 32nd isn’t happenin’. cash + a little thing called ‘prescriptive’ easement zaps our ability to create a 2-story structure. I’ll look up next time we buy a place to see that power line that services our neighbor… doh.
Here’s what we want to do:
1. Demo the existing garage – Rebuild the garage on the property line (code allows for an accessory structure, along as it’s 6′ from the house). We’ll redo the stucco and all that jazz, even add a few windows in the back bedroom for better ventilation + light.
2. Extend the footprint of the house – Bump out the kitchen / dining / entry. Building a single-story structure keeps the dream alive.
Here’s the new plan, minus the landscaping. I tried to maintain the same aspect ratio for the windows and sliders (based on existing house).
Operable windows + 14′ slider for added ventilation in the kitchen / dining area. Garage doors on both sides of the structure for flexibility… Cars, stuff, studio, ping-pong table, etc.
We’re trying to engineer the addition in such a way where it feels as if it’s floating. Also, I think we’ll use zinc cladding and black anodized sheet metal to ensure that it reads as a separate structure from the stucco cube. Tyler’s post was good timing.
From the alley. Still need to sort thru the gate / fence detail.
Projects happen in 15-minute increments during feeding time. I need to hone my planning skills, as I’m several flats short of blue moor grass for the front yard. I blame it on the lack of sleep. yikes. These ornamental grasses will grow to be roughly a foot tall and are green with a blue underside…planted 12″ o.c. (give or take). Ants got the best of my Fragaria plant (Beach Strawberry) after leaving it on the sidewalk for one day.
One last push to finalize a ton of random projects before the boys arrive. Inspired by this washington street residence… by envelopeA+D, the guest room nook features a small hanging closet and desk setup for extended stay! A single-slider will cover the closet portion.
A special thanks to patrick from envelopeA+D for pointing me in the right direction with paint selection!