For this humble home for the Griffiths, Belluschi applied his signature Northwest modern style, using Douglas fir ceilings that extended beyond the exterior walls to create rain-protecting and shade-producing eaves. The plan, which was published in Life Magazine, could expand from one room to four as a family grew, and be built for around $7,000.
The couple lived in the rectilinear home with a sloped roof on Pine Valley Road for more than a half century. When Arthur sold the property after Lucy died, Tim Mather of MCM Construction dismantled it into 2,000 pieces, which he numbered and measured, and then moved the house to save it from being demolished.
via Architectural gem shines again: See Belluschi house saved from the wrecking ball (photos) | OregonLive.com.
Only the tower’s top level is still a bedroom, now with reclaimed fir floors, handcrafted mahogany bed and window frames, and whimsical oak dresser. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard)
“But what I like to do with all of those things, is try to select out the stuff so that it doesn’t look like a salvaged house,” Pollack ruminates. “I never wanted it to look that way. I wanted it to look like everything was selected from a top-notch building supply store … but it wasn’t.”
via The carte blanche carpenter’s house | Home & Garden | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.
© James Harris
Originally milled in the 1950s, the Northwestern Douglas fir beams were once used to construct a Los Angeles building before being repurposed.
© James Harris
via Olson Kundig Repurpose “38 Beams” as Design Miami/ Collectors Lounge | ArchDaily.
A particularly stunning example of reclaimed wood in adaptive reuse by Zenbox Design.
Special thanks to Bryan Danger for bringing the love!
This Portland ADU Project began as a simple 2 car garage but translated into a modern industrial loft space of about 480sq ft. The owners plan to rent out the primary residence to cover the mortgage and live in the ADU full time (mortgage/rent free).
The primary design focus was working to eliminate the barrier between inside and outside and to make the most usable space out of a small footprint. A large accordion door system ensures that the front wall of the space can be completely opened up to the outdoors, removing any barrier between inside and outside. The space was laid out to take maximum use of limited space and built in cabinets allow for ample storage and complete flexibility.
via zenbox ADU Design/Build | zenbox design.
The Canadian Exporter Breaks in Half 1921 Copyright Columbia River Maritime Museum
Some of the most intriguing lumber we have in stock was never used in construction, and yet still considered salvage timbers. These beams are believed to have been loaded onto a Canadian ship in 1921 that wrecked off the Pacific Coast.
In early 2010 as a beach near the wreck eroded, the shipwreck became exposed and the cargo began washing ashore. The Canadian Exporter was carrying 3 million board feet of lumber plus 200 tons of other cargo, heading from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon and then on to Asia, according to a story in the Seattle Times. Some of the timbers that Crossroads and our sister company, Pacific Northwest Timbers now have in inventory were found by locals and hauled ashore with a tow truck, a few others were discovered just beneath the waters’ surface by a local oyster fisherman.
Timber Cargo of the Canadian Exporter Now at Crossroads Lumber and PNT
via Historic Large-Dimension Ocean Salvage Timbers.
The existing garage was dismantled and it exposed a rich story and history for the design team at Graypants. Therefore, they salvaged portions of the structure. Old fir boards became the floor and other recessed lounge spaces.
via Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture Graypants’ Garage – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
As part of our ongoing project to update the Cartolina studio we decided that we needed a workshop.
Doug built an addition onto the studio and decided to finish the floor using ‘end grain block flooring’. It’s actually a really old style of flooring that was commonly used on factory floors in the 19th century.
We had some leftover beam ends in the shed from a previous project – kiln dried fir- and he set to work, slicing them up into 3″ x 7″ blocks, about 3/4 inches thick. It took him quite a long time to slice up all the blocks and sand the edges.
Once he had prepared 850 blocks he glued them to the plywood floor using a non water based, flexible flooring adhesive.
via Cafe Cartolina: End grain block floor at the studio!.