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post #1531 of 1897
Personally, we just exchanged on our first property.

Moving on Friday and hope to post pics soon.

K
post #1532 of 1897
Thanks for the kind words, guys. It's an (expensive) adventure. I am not doing any of the work myself - I am not capable of really anything handy. Lefty: I can see why you would be skeptical of the turned bannister spindles, but this is not really a California Craftsman. It does have a lot of Craftsman influences, but according to the woman who built it, it is "modeled after the Cervantes Inn in Toledo, with a bit of Bermuda in there as well." I think of it as a very Spanish style house and the Arts and Crafts that is in there is a little more English Arts and Crafts. At least, that's what I've been telling myself. Here's an old photo, from the 1960s, showing the original owner in the living room, and though it's not the best, I think you can see how the turned spindles are the same:
post #1533 of 1897
I would move into that place tomorrow. Keep the chandelier.

lefty
post #1534 of 1897
Cool. It looks like a cross between a saloon and a hotel from the 1800's.
post #1535 of 1897
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I would move into that place tomorrow. Keep the chandelier. lefty
whoops! The chandelier is going to go. We are replacing it though with two kind of similar ones - sort of medieval looking ones made of wrought-iron, made in France in the 60s or so. I actually think they'll go very well. I posted them somewhere here once before... here they are: gdl was not a fan, IIRC.
post #1536 of 1897
Well, on the plus side it will really illuminate the spindles. Did they leave any original furniture?

lefty
post #1537 of 1897
Doug...I'm concerned.
post #1538 of 1897
It all went to auction. I would have loved to have gotten the refectory table in the foreground (the woman pictured was an artist and sculptress and she made the table) but it was more than I could afford. There is some built-in furniture and of course the sculptures on the corners of the exterior, and we did snag a sculpture or two, but not any of the other furniture, unfortunately. EDIT: lol @ morty. I know the SF illuminati do not love my chandeliers. But I think they're great.
post #1539 of 1897
At least keep the original chandelier around for a bit and have it checked out.

That space is so unique that you have an opportunity for a serious "fuck wow" hanging light. Figure on 10-15K for entry level "fuck wow."

What are the lights in the floor joists of the second floor? When were they added?

lefty
post #1540 of 1897
I like my chandeliers. To me, they are "fuck wow." But oh well... like I said I know they're not popular here... oh well. It's my house I don't know when those other lights were added - I am not convinced they aren't original either. At least they would have been added or updated in the 60s or thereabouts. They are ugly as shit. They're just open bulbs with essentially foil reflectors behind them. They are being replaced with more modern track lighting - I'm not quite sure exactly what we'll put in yet because we're not that far along - the architect specc'ed something but I'm not even sure what it is yet but we'll be discussing it in about 2 months. Ultimately, I want something similarly recessed so that it's inconspicuous but spots the wall effectively.
post #1541 of 1897
I didn't mean to insult your lights. Sorry, dude.

The rafters are a tough spot as you can't really recess anything. How long will this reno take?

lefty
post #1542 of 1897
Dude, how can you do any remodeling without full approval from SF? Post the plans instead of teardown pics and we'll tell you if you've got any sense or not!

That said, I'm jealous of anyone with a proper library, especially if it's got a fireplace too, even though I buy all my books on kindle these days.
post #1543 of 1897
nah, don't worry. i've sort of learned over the years that if you post something you like on SF you have to come prepared with a thick skin i appreciate your comments. you're right - i didn't mean "recessed" so much as just up in the rafters and as inconspicuous as possible. I would love to try to do LED lighting of some sort for a really low profile, but I haven't found anyone who is comfortable speccing any of it for me yet. My architect doesn't really understand it, and I think most of the contractors aren't used to it... I think we're still a year or two away from the technology and array of options being ready for regular installation. I think we'll just end up with those little MR-16 halogens and maybe if the prices get reasonable and the light output is good enough I can go with the LED versions at some point.
post #1544 of 1897
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whoops! The chandelier is going to go. We are replacing it though with two kind of similar ones - sort of medieval looking ones made of wrought-iron, made in France in the 60s or so. I actually think they'll go very well. I posted them somewhere here once before... here they are: gdl was not a fan, IIRC.
That thing is awesome! I've never seen a chandelier that was designed to specifically kill people before. If you don't build some sort of lever release that will have that thing come crashing down on people you're "not happy with" I will be disappoint.
post #1545 of 1897
Douglas, I love the new fixtures! I'm a big fan of keeping existing features whenever possible, but I think that the "new" ones will go really well with the retained architectural features. I look forward to seeing more photos as the renovation progresses.
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