Five years ago we bought an old house in San Francisco with a fig tree. We tore the walls down but kept the tree. Months turned into years - very cold years - but we are finally putting the house back together. Thanks for visiting.

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What a difference a few months make...

What a difference a few months make…

I think I’ve officially forgotten what it felt like to live in our old, neglected house. It’s transformed in such a short period of time. So long old house. You served us well. What do you think of the facade? xo  
Construction images from the last few months

Construction images from the last few months

Hello there. Here are a few relatively recent photos of the project. In the next week or so I’ll have a much more updated post. The weather is simply gorgeous here in San Francisco (it’s not a typical Summer for us). I hope you are enjoying lovely weather wherever you may be. The pocket park...
progress this week

progress this week

Here are a few recent images to catch you up on our progress. See the descriptions below. This architectural glu-lam beam will be exposed in our kitchen. It marks the transition from ~11 foot ceiling at the entrance to ~8.5 foot ceilings to the living room (despite it being one big room). I really want...
moving quickly

moving quickly

It’s hard to believe we were sleeping in this house a month ago. The construction is moving faster than I imagined. So far we’ve had lots and lots of demo, footings/foundation poured, grade beams installed, initial sewer lines installed, retaining wall poured, and the start of the framing (more updated images to come). This coming...
pouring concrete

pouring concrete

It’s amazing how fast our contractor is working. We’ve been so pleased with him. The footings went in yesterday and today the first pour of concrete is going in as I type this. I can’t wait to see some framing go up. Forgive the iPhone images. I have been shooting on film and will share...
making palettes

making palettes

I’m obsessing a bit over facade palettes. We’ve been pretty focused on getting the construction started and therefore haven’t put a ton of thought into the facade. We need to make some quick decisions. We love the warmth of wood. It’s a big theme throughout our house but it’s rather hard to balance that with...
old images

old images

While cleaning up the blog I have been stumbling upon some old images from the first time we tore some walls down. I love the look of these images – all shot on film. This was forever ago. We will have some new construction images going up soon. Stay with us.
...and we're back

…and we’re back

Hello there. We took quite a long hiatus from the blog. I’m happy to say though that last Fall (2011) we had permits issued and this week construction started again on our house. We are excited and a little scared. Please join us again for some updates on our progress and hopefully some DIY projects...