La Donna Avenue Residence - Construction Progress

Mar 18, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Construction sneak peek: Our La Donna Avenue Residence now has windows and drywall. You can now see the long and tall great room. It was too bad the skylights were boarded up the day of our visit!⁣ Beautiful hard work by CB Builders.

Hyacinth Lane Residence - Construction Progress

Mar 16, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

At our Hyacinth Lane Residence, the passthrough / peekaboo opening between the living room and kitchen is now in place. You can see the natural light from the back patio streaming through - a sign that the passthrough will help bring natural light into the center of the house. Beautiful hard work by Starburst Construction.

Amarillo Avenue Residence - Construction Progress

Feb 22, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Amarillo Avenue Residence Progress - Part 3: The skylight and clerestory window over the guest bath shower. I have heard some people call this window/skylight detail "The OFA Special".

Amarillo Avenue Residence - Construction Progress

Feb 20, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Amarillo Avenue Residence Progress - Part 2: All the volumes have been enclosed in plywood sheathing.

Amarillo Avenue Residence - Construction Progress

Feb 18, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Amarillo Avenue Residence Progress - Part 1: the framed openings of the first floor have more emphasis with the solidity of the second floor on top.

Contractor Sketches Part 3

Feb 1, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Drawing on stucco, and then the wall is demolished and the sketch is gone forever. Except that the details became the house that now stands. At our Inverness Way Residence, with Phil Carey at Starburst Construction.

Contractor Sketches Part 2

Jan 30, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

This one is between the studs, right on the inside face of plywood sheathing. It will eventually get covered up with insulation, but will remain as a beautiful time capsule of how our team figured out the details of a sleeping nook. At our Amarillo Avenue Residence, with Augie Peccei of Coast to Coast Development.

Contractor Sketches Part 1

Jan 28, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

This one is sketched, passed around, nailed to a stud between two different kinds of insulation. This is art in itself. At our La Donna Avenue Residence, with Chris Brooks at CB Builders.

New Views

Jan 9, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Building a new second floor meant gaining a view like this from the upstairs bedroom. Worth it? We think so. At our Gilbert Avenue Residence.

Amarillo Avenue Residence - framing the second floor

Dec 10, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

At last week's site meeting for the Amarillo Avenue Residence, it was great to see that the top of the nearby persimmon tree will be framed by the clerestory windows in the master bathroom. The framing stage of construction is always very exciting, because what we've been designing and drawing for so many months finally starts to be real spaces in which we can stand, observe, and study. The site has come a long way since the slab foundation was poured a few months ago.