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Mod mom



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:28 pm    Post subject: Glenbrow Update Reply with quote

We're on our 25th month of restoration and had hope to be moved in about now, unfortunately delays have moved that date to hopefully the end of summer before the kids leave for school. Joe had though once we were ready for the ceiling/wall panels everything would move quickly, but alas not so.

Some will recall that there was much damage so we were unable to save most of the plywood panels. Our attempts to match the original douglas fir plywood panels were unsuccessful. We tried with local, then midwest and then all the way to the coasts but could not find a supplier that could promise the grade we wanted, AC, and didn't want to deal with a long distance shipment of pieces we were not happy with. Looking at original photos the plywood looked very light so it either darkened with age or in some places we believe were stained a darker shade by the 2nd owner. Regardless, wanting to move ahead and not finding the rotary cut Doug Fir we wanted we opted for birch. Joe designed a pattern that utilized the original panels that were salvable (in the bedroom) and then incorporated new panels in a way to reflect light into a very dark space (especially in the summer with heavy foliage). Ceiling panels along the edges are stained with a white wash stain which still allows the grain to appear and then 2X4 urethaned panels make up the remainder.

Here is a photo of the dining room ceiling: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/28210655912/in/album-72157650444413635/

and a close up of the Point Room Ceiling:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/28210650582/in/album-72157650444413635/

The dark pieces are original, lightly sanded with 2 coats of urethane. Near the french doors are white wash Minwax stained new birch that are meant to reflect light into the rooms.

In my son's bedroom, we used reclaimed cypress board and batten that has ben clean but not sanded for the wall and combined reflective whitewashed new with original for the ceiling:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/28210661382/in/album-72157650444413635/

Lastly, from today but unrelated to the ceiling is a photo of my son's corner bathroom window with rainwater spilling into a stone pile from a (I know many of you will hate this but the house is sunken into the ground and had such draining issues that 2 gutters were added that drain down the ravine):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/28210666572/in/album-72157650444413635/
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those. Yes, the house is well into the ground; anything you have to do to keep it dry is a good thing. As for the interior finishes, the loving care and attention you have paid to every piece of material in the house, old and new, will not be lost on the visitor, or the camera. Congratulations.

SDR
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reality always compromises the ideal.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Precisely true -- which is why I gravitate to the drawn as opposed to the built . . .

But no drawing could capture the earthy reality of a structure, flawed or not, like Glenbrow. I eagerly anticipate beholding the occupied residence.

SDR
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Mod mom



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A dog day update....heavy rains greened up the ravine and walls going up in the bedrooms.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/albums/72157650444413635/page5
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How your photos do cheer us . . .!

Your exterior baseboards could come in handy in our discussion of the Ross house, on another thread. Clearly they should be kept away from contact with, for instance, a lawn -- but hovering above some crushed rock, who can find much fault with that ?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR, thanks for your kind words.

To clarify Joe's use of river stone around the 1964 bedroom addition, the original concrete block was allowing water to penetrate (creating rot and a environment for termite infiltration) so after termite treatment, the entire perimeter was excavated, treated with a polymeric coating and then a 5" stainless steel fine mesh barrier, something that Joe discovered is used in Australia to prevent termites, was added. Another sleeved drainage tube to the ravine was then placed with the rounded river stones to help with drainage. I hope this can be helpful to others who face similar problems. Here are earlier photographs:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/18840571190/in/album-72157650444413635/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The restored cypress kitchen wall cabinets have gone up and I have to say, they look beautiful! We have decided not to put cabinet doors on them, at least at first:

only original kitchen photo I have:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/14390396226/in/album-72157650444413635/

as we purchased the property (p lam):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/14413496495/in/album-72157650444413635/

now (with recessed LED lighting):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/32347870191/in/album-72157650444413635/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/32646749215/in/album-72157650444413635/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're expecting to get occupancy this late this week and are waiting on the appliances. I thought I'd share some photos I took today on a rainy but warm late February day (foyer, bathroom and dining room):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/32364617783/in/album-72157650444413635/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the latch.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the latched door as well, as well as the entire house! I understand that many might not like all the choices we made but we inherited a ruin that had been abandoned for almost a decade in which many of the original parts had been either stolen or destroyed over time. This is our permanent home, not a museum and we needed it to serve our lifestyle. That said, we tried to be sensitive to the original. We salvaged what we could and used those pieces throughout. One of my biggest disappointments was not being able to secure enough top grade douglas fir plywood in the quantities we needed for replacement. I wasn't willing to live with knotty panels, and although our plywood is much lighter, the wood will darken over time as we discovered with ash panels in our previous home.

We finally gained occupancy as of yesterday, although some projects, like tables and shelving in the "dormitory", cabinet doors and a custom dining table will have to wait until after we move in and sell our current house. Restoration is a very expensive endeavor, especially a house in the condition we purchased. The tower will be phase 2 and we are hoping to begin later this summer.

As the photos never do the property justice, I would like to invite any chatters visiting the area to come for a visit. Although Smith,van Fossen and Cuneo were very young, the site planning for this house is exquisite! Thanks for all your encouragement and advice. It was really appreciated!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a lovely house, and you certainly have saved it from the wrecking ball. Thank you for sharing the results of your hard work and renovation trials and tribulations with us. I hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come.
Keep the photos coming!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Glenbrow Restoration Reply with quote

Wow is all I can say! What a lovely property and fine restoration.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We finally received occupancy and stay during weekends since the kids' room are set up. Joe is finishing up detail projects but after nearly 3 years we were anxious to get in. Cabinet doors are not finished as well as restoring original tables/cabinetry in the living room (originally the dormitory). Eventually we will design a custom dining table (that can be broken in parts so that room can be used for other functions as well).

Anyway, my daughter took this photo of the walkway, studio, carport and tower from the main house's roof that shows the connections, in case anyone was confused (you can't capture it in a single photo because of how the house is sited):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/33658623476/in/album-72157650444413635/

Also, Joe's mailbox design: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/32849094594/in/album-72157650444413635/

The original ceiling lights had framed so Joe added frames around our LED ceiling lights:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081@N02/33691831115/in/album-72157650444413635/
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are all to be congratulated for your skill, effort, persistence, and patience....the house looks incredible. I truly thought it was a beautiful ruin and lost cause from the DavidC.'s pictures from some years back. I'm very glad you and Joe saw the opportunity that was within it.
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