Santa brought us Trusses for Christmas
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
2y ago
Santa brought us Trusses for Christmas our trusses were delivered and what a sight it was! Let’s talk trusses and roof systems! A timber roof truss is a structural framework of timbers designed to bridge the space above a room and to provide support for a roof. Trusses usually occur at regular intervals, linked by longitudinal timbers such as purlins. The space between each truss is known as a bay. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO Here’s what all the trusses looked like piled flat on the semi Here are some cool shots from the day. Before and After Trusses Next up, see the vision for our ..read more
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Clear House
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
2y ago
We have a clear house! We’ve stripped off the back of the house and the roof!  Here’s the current state of the house Here is the current state of the backyard The framed area on the right is the bedroom and Master Suite wing of the house. AND, DIRECTLY BEHIND THE CLEAR HOUSE, THE FRAMING WILL HOUSE THE NEW GREAT ROOM, KITCHEN AND COVERED PATIO! Dumpster Diving: the glamourous work I’m relinquished to. It’s not a joke. Lance asks me to get in and arrange the wood to make the most of the space. At least it’s not trash!   Pano of construction site Next, the floor framing gets i ..read more
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What happened to the backyard?
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
2y ago
This is a just a quick, down and dirty blog. Just gettin’ right to the good stuff. Check out the video below! So, what do you think ..read more
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Asbestos, Here We Come.
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
3y ago
Asbestos, Here We Come. We got some pretty crappy news that this house was filled with Asbestos. So, before we could do any demo. It had to be remediated. That means, they go in with serious hazmat clothing and do their stuff. Take a look at the progress. Here’s a fun little video showing the Asbestos tent and the interior demo work Spray paint arrows and X’s mark the exterior areas to be demo’d. thought you’d enjoy this Seriously. The water was off. So, at this point, the only way to use the toilet (in emergencies, only) was to fill it with a few buckets of water. So many buckets, that ..read more
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Monks and More!
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
3y ago
Monks and More! In order to create this fabulous project, we need to basically scrape the lot. The backyard was filled with decks, pergolas, awnings, vegetable boxes, water features, rocks and more rocks! So, we placed an ad for a garage sale of sorts. But really a garden sale. When Lance and I approached the property, he said, “I think there are some monks out front.” I said, “no way.” We were greeted by the most amazing site. Let’s back up a minute I want you to really understand what we were (and are) dealing with. Here’s a sort-of pano shot of the backyard. Every single thing you see in th ..read more
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We're at it again!
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
3y ago
Introducing 2409 Westgate Avenue Lance and I are back at it again after a long, Covid break. We’d love to show it to you. We’ve made a video, (albeit pretty low production value) below, so take a look if you’d like to see a virtual walk-through. Come see the house! WATCH THE WALK THROUGH OF THE PROPERTY Here’s the house layout as we found it. And here’s the new layout plan. ORIGINAL HOUSE IN WHITE - PROPOSED DESIGN IN BEIGE Here are the elevations EXISTING DESIGN PROPOSED DESIGN Front Elevation As you can see, the front is staying moderately in tact. However, we are “celebrating” (as Lance ..read more
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And the winner is...
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
4y ago
Stacked or Staggered. And the winner is… Thanks to all of you who wrote in, both on the block and also directly on text. It was super interesting to hear from everyone. The vast majority of you voted for the tried and true…Staggered. So, that’s what we did! Here is the kitchen wall with the staggered tile. We used a matte subway which gave it a classic but also modern feel. It was special ordered at Bull Nose Tile in San Jose ..read more
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Tile Trends
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
5y ago
Trend Alert: Stacked vs. Staggered Tile? Things are moving so fast on Willow Glen Way that I can barely keep up. Tile in all 3 bathrooms went up beautifully (see last blog for details). That being said, I am a bit stuck about what to do on the kitchen backsplash. And, guess what? I NEED YOUR HELP ! So, what’s the difference ..read more
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Willow Glen Way: Design Boards
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
5y ago
We are fast approaching the finish line and wanted to share our design vision with you. Here is our North Star. This was the render we had done at the beginning of this project. It’s sort of our North Star. And here’s where we’re at now. Excuse the cement mixer in the foreground. House has been stucco’d and is ready for paint! Black doors ..read more
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Willow Glen Way - Up It Goes!
Spruce and Pine
by DSR
5y ago
Framing is underway. And up it goes!Things are moving at a rapid pace. Lance is at it almost full time managing foundation specialists, plumbing, electrical, subs, vendors, inspections, framing and MUCH more. But the most satisfying part of this whole process (at least for me) is framing. It's tangible and it moves fast. Here is a stop motion video to capture the last couple weeks of this magnificent house coming to life.The Render As a reminder, here is the render. This is ultimately what the house will look like, give or ..read more
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