Every week, the developments keep coming and the building is morphing, almost unrecognizable to how it was when we first acquired it. There is a lot of anticipation.
The hardwood floor which we will use for all the flooring of the house. Against the stone interior walls, the ash color gives some contrast and warmth.
This is the interior wall of what will be the Masters Suite bathroom. We intend to keep the imperfections of the window jamb and stone as is to keep some semblance of history and storied relevance to the interior space.
A close up view of the new keystone on the now taller entryway. As the original building had the servants quarters on the ground floor, the first floor entry was nondescript, short (just 7′ tall) and with no identifying keystone marker. We remedied that by an additional foot in the door height and carving a…
Each time I make a site visit, there are details that reiterate how a century old building is built differently from the way we do today. Case in point: notice the arch in the side windows that flank the entry corridor. Each 1/2 inch wooden segment is hand glued to form the arch. Today this…
This is the location of the Francis House kitchen: space is limited and the challenge is on on how to allot the space intelligently for storage and for functionality. It is small but we would never sacrifice the windows for more shelving.
A close-up view of the one of the 10 vertical I-beams that are now being bolted onto the foundation.
A piece of century old millwork that we are trying to preserve. The paper ticket of the East Oakland Planing Mills is still in tact on the window jambs.