Great Room Remodel

This project in Sherman Oaks had a couple intersecting aspects - the clients wanted to be able to live on site while the remodel was going on - and they wanted to get rid of the warren of tiny rooms they had inherited when they bought the house. So how do you live at home when the kitchen, dining room, living room and other miscellaneous rooms are gone? Since all the bedrooms, laundry and a bathroom were in the back section which we didn't touch, they wanted to live on site.

I had this great idea - We enclosed the car port with plywood, took the entry door and transplanted it there, frame and all. Then we carefully cut the kitchen cabinets apart including the tile counter tops. Next we set them up in the car port. We also relocated the water heater, ran sewer, gas and water pipes and hooked up the stove, sink, fridge and dishwasher. All the comforts of home. Now they could live on site and it helped them afford the project.

On this project I did the demo, concrete, framing and finish carpentry. The owners hired the remaining subs on their own. This saved them a good deal of money by not payning contractor markup, but they had to supervise and co-ordinate the subs themselves. That approach works for those who have knowledge of construction but can backfire if they don't.

this is the old kitchen   rebar in the new slab
Amazing what you can do with a bobcat... here we are with the rebar and forms ready for inspection. There is about 1/3 of their dining room left.

Here is the kitchen - we attacked the cabinets with sawzalls, skillsaws with diamond blades to cut tile and crowbars to prize them loose but intact. We took most of the kitchen cabinets out to the carport where we set up their temporary kitchen, complete with hot an cold running water, gas and electricity - just like home! Then we started the demo on the rest of the house.

 the entry before   new great room

Here is the before on the left and after on the right. As you can see we saved the original trellis and reworked it to fit the new design.

4 panel fleetwood slider   this is an art wall

This is one of those nifty Fleetwood 4 panel sliders. The stucco is a smooth steel troweled finish. You would be surprised how much work went into making this art wall. From curved foundations, serpentine framing, band sawing the blocks to follow the curves, dry walling and stuccoing the wall, and the curved roof - boy, Howdy!

fireplace and 4 panel slider   new kitchen and great room

That slider sure opens up the room doesn't it? We poured a colored concrete slab - then the owners hired a company that specialized in pickling and staining concrete. It came out really nifty. The recess above the fireplace will get a flat screen tv. Now we have a beautiful eat in kitchen open to the rest of the great room - Fun!