Category Archives: Framing

Sunset / SF: Starting Over

Kitchen Frame

This is our project out in the Sunset District.  The house was in rough shape and needed some real love.  The downstairs was an unfinished basement and will be converted into a master suite with an office.  There will also be a laundry room and a mudroom upon entry.  A one-car garage will remain.  The upstairs will go through a minor transformation.  The majority of the house was covered in the cork panels that you see on the right.  The kitchen was closed off, the bathroom outdated and the bedroom closets were “unique.”  We have stripped the floor back and will put in a gourmet kitchen.  What was once a wall will now be a peninsula to open up the space between the kitchen and living room.  The hallway wall was pulled back to open up the space more, but to retain privacy for the bath entry.  This photo captures work at the middle of framing.  As the job progresses we’ll check in from this same perspective to watch the change.  Stay tuned.

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Framing, jobsite, Kitchen, photos, project, Remodel


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Cafe: All Rough Inspections Complete

Things are progressing nicely at the cafe project.  The building department has been out to sign off on the rough plumbing, electrical and building inspections.  The public health department has made a visit to check on the status of the work.  All of the inspectors are happy, which allows us to move ahead to sheetrock.

View of the future kitchen from the front door.

You will notice that in the kitchen area we have run sheets of 1 1/8″ plywood up the walls.  This will serve as solid backing for restaurant equipment and display shelving.  Both the plywood and the sheetrock will eventually be covered in stainless steel.  This will satisfy the health department’s need for an approved cleanable surface.  All locations of equipment have been established at this point, dictating placement of electrical and gas locations.

Rough framing as viewed from the banquette area.

The curtain wall above our counter area will serve a few purposes.  We will house our recessed lighting in the curtain wall to illuminate the customer counter.  The dropped wall will also hide the lights in the kitchen.  Display art will find a home on the wall and it serves as a boundary between the kitchen and seating area.

Control Center

Once drywall goes up we will begin the finish stage of the project.  After all of the taping and sanding, we are moving directly into our concrete floor treatment.  The floors will receive some grinding before getting an epoxy coat.  The clear epoxy, showing the concrete’s exposed aggregate, will be a design feature of the cafe.

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Framing, jobsite, photos, Plumbing