Sunday, 23 April 2017

Exterior stairs and "hillside" for the Landscaping Board

Working on the Landscaping Board today...

I know it seems like a job for the end but I need to at least lay out the plan and mock it up because the hillside will determine where "stone"goes on the outside of the basement.

Additionally the new front stairs are an integral part of the landscaped hill and therefore careful height planning is needed to incorporate the stairs later. I've decided on three flights with two turns.

I've also had to mock up a little landing off the porch so that my first flight can be at a 90 degree angle to the house.

As you can see it's a fairly rough mock-up but you get the idea. 

I've built the second flight of stairs into the "hillside" because I felt this was more realistic for a hillside set of stairs rather than having them cantilever off the retaining wall. A bonus is I won't have to have railings on this flight & it also allows me to butt the third flight up against the wall creating the need for only one short stair railing at this level.

The other bonus is it allows me to extend the hillside at the front of the board to allow more front yard.

Having said that, I'll probably shape the front section of foam to give a gently slope to a smaller retaining wall... to soften the look. It's a bit severe like this. Looking at this picture I might also move the second flight backwards a bit, to line up the lip of the top step with the back of the top flights last step... I think it looks a bit strange at the moment and it will also give me a bit of space between the driveway and the front path for greenery.

Still very much in dry fit as you can see above I've just used random pieces of foam to simulate the lower landing. I may even put another set of three stairs on the other side of this landing facing back towards the apartment door. That way the little occupants have a choice of stairs whether going to the garage or the front gate. :D

The foam will all be covered in water putty or some such product to simulate a painted cement retaining wall. It'll probably have some cracks in it with plants popping out,.. or maybe a garden bed at the top (of the shortened) wall with hanging plants spilling over.. or vines.. I don't know yet but something to soften the effect. 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the progress here... however I now have a foam snowstorm in my workroom.. lol

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Basement Interior mock-up

I finally cut all the window and door holes for the San Franciscan's basement and decided to do an interior mock up of the space.

Overhead view of the basement floorplan mock-up

So I'm 99% sure that the basement will be a studio apartment. This is partly because I don't feel like adding internal stairs and partly because I feel it's more realistic for a San Franciscan Row House.
Plus, my little mini homeowners will be able to get a bit of extra income. Real Estate is San Francisco is expensive!!😁

What that does mean is that it's going to need a bathroom and an efficiency kitchenette at the very least. Given the space this will be challenging. Maybe the homeowners should give up the garage for the good of the apartment.... Ummmm... NO!

Bathroom Mock-up. The shower will be behind the pencil line.

As you can see above I've been a bit creative with the bathroom walls (Mocked up in cardboard for now. By angling the wall of the shower, I gain back some much needed square inchage 😉 in the living/sleeping area. I've just chucked some random furniture in here to get an idea of what's possible. I'll build the permanent walls out of thinner wood than the rest of the kit to maximize every little bit of space.

Originally I wanted the kitchenette to be down the front near the door so that the sink could be under the window.. However that left no room in the smaller area for a realistic sofa bed or murphy bed arrangement. the space just isn't wide enough for a bed.

Kitchen area

So sadly the kitchenette has moved down to be outside the bathroom... (never ideal.. but necessary) and the living/sleeping area has moved down to the wider front area.

Living/Sleeping area. It's tight!

This mock up has been a good excercise because it has shown me that there is no way I'm getting a murphy bed and a sofa into the space so I'm leaning towards a sofa bed in a sectional, because it will do double duty in the small space. It's still touch and go as to whether it will be able to fully fold out in the space but as I will have to custom make it, I guess I will just work with the space.

For Rent. Only petite people need apply.😆

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Uh-Oh.. The addiction has set in..

Well, I bought another house... Ummm.. I haven't even got the basement finished on my first house and now I have 2 waiting in the wings... lol

I couldn't resist this vintage Woodline Products house called the Victorian. It has big rooms and a tower... I feel like this house could be spectacular with a dutch gambrel roof and the tower beefed up a bit... Not sure if it comes with milled sides but if it doesn't it may even get shingled, New England style. :D

I'm already scheming and still have so far to go on the San Franciscan.

The real question is.. do I do the Heritage next as planned, or skip it for later and start on this beauty.