We have started gutting the house! The goal is to remove all the internal walls (drywall and wood studs) as we are changing the room layout. We are also removing 3 concrete colums that are to be replaced with window walls. The major structural alteration we are making in the house is to remove a staircase and adding another in a different place. We are also converting a former 2-story squash court into 2 floors. These two project require about 500 cubic feet of concrete.
After a long hiatus welcoming a new member to our family, I finally got started on a new project in Puerto Rico this week.Its a house from 1970 built by a family that used to build warehouses. This house is built of the same concrete modules as a warehouse and is structurally very impressive. Virtually nothing has been done to the house since it was built. Renovation is just started and the first issues we had to address were termites of the subterranean kind. They were everywhere. They nest underground and make their way into the structure trough cracks in the foundation or gas in the window frames etc. Although the structure itself was fine they found plenty of food inside in the form of wooden floors, cabinets etc. We also had to get an abatement team in to remove asbestos and lead containing tile.
In the planning stages for my husbands new office I am looking for some nice looking storage. There are several modular shelving options out there, the question is just price! With an (imaginary) unlimited budget my first choice would be from the German company Vitsoe, Dieter Rams 606 Universal Shelving System. https://www.vitsoe.com/us
Other options on the high end side include another one of my favorites from Atlas Industries http://www.atlaseast.com/ Their shelving is made from solid wood, and many different wood types to choose from. Being from Scandinavia, my favorite is the light oak verison.
Before I make any purchases, I always check what IKEA has to offer. Another idea is to combine BESTÅ cabinets (hung low on the wall) and perhaps replacing the doors with something more custom. There is a great company based in California that makes custom doors fro IKEA cabinets. I am thinking about using them for my new kitchen as well, but that will be another post…http://www.semihandmadedoors.com/
For storage on top an option is to use the Ekby Harpen shelves, also from IKEA. I would only use the hardware for mounting the shelves and replace the actual shelves with real wood, matching the front of the doors on the Bestå units.
ELFA also has a modular shelv system that perhaps could be customized with some better wood for the shelves…http://www.containerstore.com/elfa/index.htm
Lots of options!
Planning a new office for my husband for our next house that we will hopefully move into this summer. Its a midcentury modern, and I want to inject some elements of retro in the renovation. The room is not too large, so I’ll keep it light. For the walls I am thinking Winds Breath by Benjamin Moore, and on the back wall where I will put up some modular shelving I want to use a graphic wallpapaper. The Swedish wallpapercompany Borås tapeter (www.borastapeter.com) are carrying wallpapers for the late designicon Arne Jacobsen, and there was especially one pattern that caught my attention, its called Trapez;
According to their website, its not sold in the US, so I guess I’ll have to bring someback with me when I go to Norway this summer. They also have a black and white version which I think would be better suited for this space. Another option is a beautiful wallper I always wanted to use somewhere; Riflesso by Cole and Son (Fornasetti)
Looking for the next real estate project in a hot spring market in the Boston area…Several towns have caught our interest, all with focus on good schools for the kids. A nice difference from the Norwegian real estate market is the size of lots you can get in this area…if you are looking 15-20 minutes away from the city, that is. Looked at an interesting house the other day, it had been scooped up by an real estate developer who had put in an low ball-all cash-no contingency- offer and got it. Now she was trying to flip it for a quick profit. I like ugly houses with good bones, and this one was definitely ugly;
All the bedrooms (and bathrooms!) had padded walls covered in fabric. All I could do was picture the bugs falling into my hair as I tried to take that down…We ended up not making an offer, they were simply asking too much for it.