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In the Works…

September 19, 2017 10:44 am

A kitchen remodel nears completion

This kitchen remodel in Normandy Park is almost done, with nearly all the comforts of home. The floor is finished, the lighting and appliances are being set, and the island countertop has been installed. The new countertop is heated, creating the perfect spot to read the newspaper on chilly winter mornings.

Countertops installed

Countertops installed

September 15, 2017 11:44 am

The Locks: “Seattle’s Waterway to the World”

Last weekend Larry and Lani enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day at the Locks, and attended the premiere of the documentary “Seattle’s Waterway to the World,” exploring the history and legacy of the Locks. The movie was made by local filmmaker Vaun Raymond, who also put together and shared a short “making-of” feature for this event. Larry contributed to the making of the movie, taking Vaun out on his boat Meander to get footage of the canal. (The film includes a cameo shot of Larry piloting Meander!) Many of the other attendees at the screening had worked on the project in one way or another; Vaun had them all stand for a group photo and to acknowledge their contributions.

“Seattle’s Waterway to the World” is one of a series of films celebrating the centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. You can watch these films and delve into a trove of additional historic resources at Making the Cut. Particularly recommended is the film titled “A Glass Half Full: Native Americans & the Shipping Canal,” exploring a little-known side of the waterway’s history.

Larry (third from left) and other contributors to “Seattle’s Waterway to the World.”

 

 

September 12, 2017 7:56 am

Stewardship and repair of a Tudor-style house

We have been assisting longstanding clients for many years with the stewardship of their beautiful Tudor-style home. This summer the porch roof on the patio needed replacing, due to age and poor detailing.

With the help of Saltaire Construction, the failing portions were carefully removed, and reconstruction has begun. We are in the process of replacing structural elements and building an entire new roof. The details will all match the original work, but with updated materials and methods of construction, including upgrading the waterproofing, so this roof can last well into the future.

The previous beam was only attached to the house with four nails and lacked proper flashing.

The previous beam was only attached to the house with four nails and lacked proper flashing.

The beams spanned to a brick column. You can see there the unfleshed roof allowed water to rot the beams to the point where they were falling out.

The beams attached to a brick column. You can see here that the unflashed roof allowed water to rot the beams to the point where they were falling out.

The power to the light fixture will be concealed as the beam will be exposed on the ceiling.

The power source for the light fixture will need to be concealed, as the beam will be exposed at the ceiling.

Where the beams meet the columns the they have been preprinted and cited to protect against water intrusion.

The beams, where they meet the columns, have been pre-primed and coated to protect against water intrusion.

The rafter ends are all cut to match the profile of the original refer ends.

The rafter ends are cut to match the profile of the originals.

The new cedar rafters are being installed in the same layout as the original roof.

The new cedar rafters are being installed in the same layout as the original roof.

September 7, 2017 11:21 am

New documentary about the Locks, at the Locks

A Japanese freighter passes through the Ballard Locks towards Puget Sound, 1921. Image: University of Washington Libraries, Asahel Curtis Collection

This Sunday, September 10th, the Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the public premiere of “Seattle’s Waterway to the World,” a documentary by local filmmaker Vaun Raymond about the history and legacy of the Hiram M. Chittenden locks. This is one in a series of films by Raymond called “The Legacy of the Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal,” which itself is part of Making the Cut, a coalition of organizations and individuals commemorating the Ship Canal for its centennial.

The 60-minute film will be shown at the Ballard Locks Visitor Center at 1:30 pm. The program will also include a behind the scenes featurette about the making of the “Legacy of the Locks” series, hosted by the filmmaker himself.

Firm principal Larry Johnson consulted with Raymond on the film. Maritime history is part of the historic resources and stewardship services we offer, and you can read about several of our maritime projects here, here, and here.

More information about Making the Cut and the centennial events can be found here.

A listing of all events at the Locks can be found here.

 

September 6, 2017 2:29 pm

Ranger Doug’s World Headquarters Grand Opening Celebration

Ranger Doug’s Enterprises is a graphic production company that reproduces National Parks posters from the Works Progress Administration era, and designs new posters for parks in that same style. We recently helped them update a basic warehouse in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Last week company founder Doug Leen and his team hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of their new world headquarters!

The WPA funded thousands of writers, musicians, and visual artists under the aegis of the Federal Arts Project. The “Fed One,” as it was known, included a poster division that produced more than 2 million posters from 35,000 original designs. The National Park poster program began in 1938, producing designs for 14 parks before being shuttered by the onset of World War II. Because posters were considered ephemera and commonly printed on cheap paper, only approximately 2,000 prints from an estimated 2 million WPA posters remain.

Doug Leen served as a seasonal ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming; in 1971 he discovered a tattered poster for the park in a pile of rubbish–a small event that lead to a twenty-year search for additional designs in the National Park series. Since founding Ranger Doug Enterprises in 1993, Doug and co-artist Brian Maebius have created more than 40 original designs for parks in the style of the original WPA posters.

Today the company sells the original and new designs as posters, postcards, and stickers, which you can browse and purchase here: rangerdoug.com

Here Ranger Doug himself gives a tour of the new shipping and receiving area of the warehouse - nicely organized!

Here Ranger Doug himself gives a tour of the new shipping and receiving area of the warehouse – nicely organized!

The 'Wall of Color' displayed all the posters the make along with some photographs of Ranger Doug's latest road trip across America.

The “Wall of Color” displayed all the posters they make along with some photographs of Ranger Doug’s latest road trip across America.

Ellen Mirro joined in the party and had a tour of the airstream with custom interior.

Our colleague Ellen Mirro joined the party and had a tour of Doug’s much-traveled Airstream trailer with custom interior.

 

 

 

 

September 1, 2017 2:24 pm

Maple Creek steel installation continues

If you’ve been following the progress on the cantilevered deck in Maple Creek, you know that one challenge has been to securely anchor the steel beams on the steep slope. Terry Bocian at Houseworks Construction has been using all of his ingenuity in order to insert the steel members into the existing wood framed structure without disturbing the interior finishes. A huge shout-out to Houseworks for figuring out this complicated construction. http://www.houseworkscc.com

The whole office made a field trip to observe the steel being lifted by a crane. This is Howard Miller on the scaffolding.

Ellen Mirro, the project architect, standing on the scaffolding with one of the steel beams that will cantilever over the ravine.

 


 

 

A view of the height of the scaffolding, as seen from the ravine.

August 30, 2017 11:14 am

Another project in Old House Journal

We are pleased to announce that one of our finished remodeling projects will be appearing in the October issue of Old House Journal, as part of a feature on additions. Our project, a remodel and addition for a classic “Seattle Box”-style house in the Washington Park neighborhood, appears on pages 66 and 67 of the magazine, which will be out on newsstands(and online) later in the fall.

You can see more images of the completed project on our portfolio page or on Houzz, and track the progress from demolition to finishing touches on our blog.

Composite image of our project in October's Old House Journal.

Composite image of our project in October’s Old House Journal.

August 24, 2017 8:59 am

Burke Remodel is complete

The extensive Burke remodel and addition has finally been completed! By raising the house almost two feet, the lower floor no longer feels like a basement. The top floor has cathedral ceilings throughout, offering ample headroom while maintaining the classic Craftsman-style gable-end detailing and proportions. With this remodel, the once cramped and disordered residence has become a comfortable, generous, and smoothly functioning home.

Previous updates on this home’s progress can be found here and here.

Raising the house almost two feet and redesigning the entry porch give this home a new street presence.

Raising the house almost two feet and redesigning the entry porch give this home a new street presence.

The custom kitchen cabinets include a ‘magic corner’ and toe kick step stool from Hefele.

The convenient appliance pantry means more counter space on the island.

The breakfast nook opens directly to the deck, which has views of Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains.

This child’s bedroom has cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light. The dark color of the ceiling evokes a night sky.

The master bathroom has a classic feel with dark cabinets, marble counter and basketweave tile floor.

The clean lines of the large shower bring a modern touch to this classic bathroom.

August 21, 2017 5:08 pm

“Dark and Sciency”: Happy Solar Eclipse!

Lani and Larry managed to secure a last-minute berth in Corvallis, Oregon, and so were in the path of totality for this morning’s solar eclipse! We hope you all got to see at least the partial eclipse, whether through viewing glasses, a pinhole viewer, or the leaves on the trees.

Overheard in the crowd along the riverbank in Corvallis: “It’s going to get all dark and sciency!”

Approaching totality

 

Totality!

The light shining through the trees shows the progress of the moon across the sun.

 

 

 

August 18, 2017 11:17 am

Progress on a kitchen remodel

The latest on our remodel in Normandy Park! Now that the cabinets have been installed, all that remains to be completed are countertops, appliances, fixtures, lighting and the backsplash. The whole project will be wrapping up soon. The client posted this to her Facebook page and has graciously consented to let us share it on our blog. Thank you, Lorna!