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Oakland Home Renovation, Part2

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As this Oakland Hills home project moves swiftly forward, we have made great progress.
All of the exterior walls are up and waterproofed, the new energy efficient windows installed, and the new roof complete.

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The interior steel beams are in place in the ceiling, allowing this large open family room, dining room & kitchen to be one large grand open space.
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The skylight with exposed timber framing will let beautiful natural light into the large open room. The light will trickle down the stairway that it spans above. Giving natural light to the open stairway and soon to be installed slide! (that will be exciting!)
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The wall of large open windows give a striking view of the Oakland Hills and the Bay beyond.
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The new downstairs room will be a casual den & play room for the kids.
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And finally, the back yard terracing is coming along well with stairs and landings for fruit trees and garden space.
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Tree Wall for ClifBar

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We just finished another internal project for ClifBar in Emeryville, CA.
This 'Tree Wall' is a way they award and congratulate outstanding people within their company, adding a leaf to the tree for each person.

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A simple construction, drawn with vector lines on the computer, and then cut on the CNC.

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We blocked the tree off the wall so it could get around conduit lines and uneven beams.

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We needed to design the trees to go around the existing larger tree & already wall mounted bird houses.

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The wall has a fun, crafty look, and is now ready for more leaves to be presented during their honoring ceremony.

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See the other internal promotional walls we've done for ClifBar here & here!

The Interval at The Longnow - Best New Bar in America

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We are so proud to see The Longnow's Interval get voted one of The 21 Best New Bars in America by Thrillist!

It has been wonderful to see how much amazing press this place is getting. Congratulations to everyone who has helped make that happen! It has become a venue worth it's hype.

You can check out more about the design, construction and Architectural scope of this project here, on our projects page.

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The Wunderkammer at The Interval

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The Interval has had a strong opening, and we are excited about all the great press it is getting! From The Examiner , The Chronicle, SF Eater and 7x7 to the NYT, and Wired just to name a few.

Today's post highlights The Wunderkammer, nestled within the stairs that leads to The LongNow foundation's office space above.

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Tucked neatly under the stairs we designed this Wunderkammer to display The LongNow's projects, and help get the most out of this small multi functional space.

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The lights within the cabinets lure viewers to the displays, and give each showcased item a level of importance it deserves.
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Creating well used functional space out of a seemingly unusable area, we designed and fabricated the round cabinet with glass fronted doors and storage beneath. Every available space needed a use, so this empty slot near the stair support pole is specially designed for the bottle accessing step stool.

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The cabinet wraps around, following the curve of the staircase, and creating a center point within the open floor plan. The storage and display is followed to the second to last step!

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House Renovation in Oakland

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We are in the middle of a beautiful home renovation in Oakland, adding a two story expansion onto this home, with a large wrap around deck.

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Major construction has just started, and things are moving quickly!

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The interior framing is all up, and the windows framed out.

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The view from here will be amazing! Large windows and french doors open out onto the soon to be constructed deck.

It will be a huge addition to the interior space, as well as lovely hang out areas outside.

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The back yard terracing will add to the usable outside space, filled with fruit trees. A great renovation from an overgrown steep hill.

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We're looking forward to posting more about this project as construction progresses!

Long Now Bottle Placement

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The Long Now has started to do some smaller, open to the public talks at The Interval. The first one was a great success! Keep your eye on the schedule for more of these evenings guaranteed to be full of interesting conversation.

While we were at The Interval for this night of conversation, we decided to fill our bottle. We designed the bottles to be hung from the rafters in the ceiling. These donor bottles reflect the LEDs shining up on them, waiting for their owners. (You can learn more about the donor bottle program here.)

(update!): A few weeks later the bottles have begun to be filled. Look at all those colors of lovely browns and clears!
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Teaming up with St. George Distillery, the bottles are filled with either a whiskey or Gin that was made especially for The Interval project. This lovely spirit can only be found here, at The Long Now's Interval.

To fill the bottle, first the proper amount of Gin must be measured out in a large beaker by an Interval bartender.

Then, in a very nice little bottle pouring ceremony, the donor gets to fill their own bottle.

Notice the stand the bottle is sitting in?

Just another little thing we did to make the whole space and experience like no other.

After pouring the spirt into our personal bottle, it is hung up with the others by The Interval staff. Waiting until we come again.

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The bottle is then polished lovingly for fingerprints and awaiting our return.

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