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.
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.
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!)
The wall of large open windows give a striking view of the Oakland Hills and the Bay beyond.
The new downstairs room will be a casual den & play room for the kids.
And finally, the back yard terracing is coming along well with stairs and landings for fruit trees and garden space.
We've been busy little elves at the shop this week! Buckling down on the in-house office and shop renovation, not to mention decorating for the holidays. It's time to pull out the old BWC Christmas trees!
When we released these trees back in 2008, we were a much smaller company. Nowadays, we keep plenty busy with our Architectural and Interiors projects, and don't sell the trees anymore. Of course we kept a few though, and bring them back out every year for the holidays.
We love experimenting with different materials. Here's one in acrylic that sits in our front window that I took a picture of just this morning, and one made of felt that, while deconstructed, does a fine job of garnishing the office fruit bowl.
We like to think our designs through pragmatically as well as aesthetically. So of course these trees break down into small convenient to store little packages. Wonderfully compact!
Some people who bought trees sent us photos of what they did with them. Some of the ideas are really fun!
This person went classic, painting their tree green and adding red and gold baubles, and this person painted theirs fun colors and threaded EL wire around the edges!
Here's a shop in LA that uses our tree in their window display, and one all lit up with Christmas cheer!
And here's a little bonus video, Jillian assembling and disassembling the big tree, to show how it's done:
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.
A simple construction, drawn with vector lines on the computer, and then cut on the CNC.
We blocked the tree off the wall so it could get around conduit lines and uneven beams.
We needed to design the trees to go around the existing larger tree & already wall mounted bird houses.
The wall has a fun, crafty look, and is now ready for more leaves to be presented during their honoring ceremony.
See the other internal promotional walls we've done for ClifBar here & here!
Today's post highlights The Wunderkammer, nestled within the stairs that leads to The LongNow foundation's office space above.
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.
The lights within the cabinets lure viewers to the displays, and give each showcased item a level of importance it deserves.
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.
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!