A favorite customer moved from my hometown to Oakland! Here's are some process photos of an entertainment center we made to cover up an unwanted fireplace in her new home. Notice the pile of lumber in the center of the floor in the first photo that will transform into a custom made, hand painted cabinet!
We had the opportunity to help my Great Uncle out with his second-story deck recently. We didn't manage to get a 'before' photo, but we did get some process shots. He only wanted to replace the wood that was in really bad shape, so we surgically removed half of the deck boards and wove new boards into the existing deck. I kind of like the two-tone result! But we'll let it all go gray to match and seal it next year.
The old boards were donated to a friend who planed them down and cut out the rot to build a deck in her own back yard.
A sweet little deck we built one California winter.
With a little TLC we transformed very economical materials—pine boards, doug fir 2x4s and acx plywood—into gorgeous furniture for this sweet yoga studio in the Laurel District of Oakland. The co-founders of Anasa were fabulous people to work with. Check them out at anasaoakland.com
Photography by Sade Huron at sadehuron.com
A little redwood back porch and storage bench in a sunny backyard in El Cerrito.
A small artist’s studio we built from the ground up in 2012. It has a living roof (my first!) and we made use of reclaimed lumber in much of the finish work.
A new porch for my for my favorite designer in upstate New York, Mark Ashton. As you can see it was barely supported when we started and sagging badly, so we jacked the porch up and poured new footers before we began reconstruction. I made the capitals for the columns by hand on a bandsaw.
‘Before’ pictures photo credit goes to Finger Lakes ReUse and Deconstruction, who did the demolition for us.
I had the opportunity to help my parents build their own home from the ground up back in 2010. My father designed it himself to be simple, elegant and energy efficient; an easy home to live in through the harsh Upstate New York seasons. It is super insulated and makes use of passive solar heat with its large windows on the southern exposure, with a low roof sheltering them from the harsh northern winds. We built it together as a family, with help from our community of friends and fellow contractors.
A small residential remodeling project from 2010. I crafted the backsplash on the oak commode to match the detail on the antique mirror we installed in the bathroom. The trim I made by hand to match the existing antique trim throughout the house.
Design work and photography by Mark Ashton.
A whole house remodel from 2010 and 2011. We did a lot of work to match and restore existing mouldings, and created many unique pieces with reused and custom-made mouldings.
Design work and photography by Mark Ashton