We just finished a bathroom remodel for a 1950’s house on Mt. Tabor. The house was built on the side of the hill with a daylight lower floor. The bathroom had suffered some dry rot and needed repair. We installed a new window, shower and marmoleum flooring. The pattern in the marmoleum went well with the style of the house. It is a wood-like bamboo pattern, a bit different from the standard single color. The sink set on a formica counter top remained in place, a bit of modern history.
Play structure based on the theme of bridges. We worked out a plan for a play structure for a local Pre-school. The class was studying bridges so we chose the St. Johns bridge as a model for the design. With the distinctive tower shapes and the arch cut outs the character of the bridge is represented.
We needed to build it safe for our 3ft tall clients. So it is extra stout and attached to the wall. The stair access have enclosed sides so that the climbers stay on track. So far we have had great reports of fun with a few instances of batting the globe lights. They may need to be moved. We Built it mainly out of Blue stained pine from NW Sustainable woods.
We will be using this unique Oregon produced wood product on our next project. The wood is pine. It is being harvested in eastern Oregon from trees that have been killed by an invasive beetle. Just a few years ago this sort of timber would have been considered waste and may have been burnt just to dispose of. Currently it is abundant and is being harvested. It is keeping mills in eastern Oregon in operation. It is a cool looking soft wood that that has a varied colors blue, green, and yellow through out the grain structure. An Oregon wood product we feel great about using.
I just read through this special issue from Fine home building and this one is a good one. To be honest these days most people are trying to get the most from their remodeling budget. This issue has some projects and ideas that look great are built of quality materials and are on budget. An issue well worth it.