Monday, July 17, 2017

Restoration of the first house I ever built (w/ the best guidance imaginable!)

We were recently asked to restore Momka's House (see Work).   Having been rented for 40 years left its mark on the home. Upgrades include a new kitchen (see earlier post), mini split heat pump HVAC, LED lighting and more. For further details go to hinoki-house.com. It is for sale. All photos by Tyler Chartier.














Saturday, July 15, 2017

From overhead

Another home I designed was recently on the market.  This aerial gives a wonderful overview:




Kamei Update

Occasionally I'll notice a home we designed and built come up for sale. How did the home fair over time? What did they upgrade? Here are a few photos to see:

 











Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A New Kitchen

We recently have restored a home we built years ago. See Momka's House in our projects. For the kitchen, we went completely fresh and new. As you can imagine it needed it. Here's a photo of how it was:



And here is how the kitchen is today:

 
Crisp new fir floors, now integrating with all the public areas of the house; vertical grain fir cabinets, flush style; large 17"x26" Porcelanosa tile counters; new led lighting; and new appliances.  A unique feature we certainly kept is the window seat - in the kitchen! With a view window and a skylight directly overhead! Imagine a cool winter day curled up with your tea or coffee - close at hand.   Another special feature, part of the original design is the window wall overlooking a meadow. Every kitchen should have extensive views to the outdoors. We routinely design large windows at the kitchen sink into our projects.  Photo by Tyler Chartier.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

A diminutive 800 sf?

 Up out of the ground in the Redwood Forest, this granny unit, when completed, will live large. An accessible 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen + great room w/ vaulted ceilings, laundry, covered porch and an oversize garage. Check out the progress:







Monday, October 10, 2016

California's Energy Future has arrived!

California's Energy Future, a 70 page ebook sharing state of the art passive house buildings in California, has arrived and is available as a free ebook.  Get your copy here:  http://lowcarbonproductions.net/phca-2016-flipbook/docs/PH-Buildings_CAs_Energy_Future-Ebook.pdf