It's nice to work with friends. We had that opportunity when Treve Johnson, our long-time photographer needed new windows for his home. Treve knew our reputation for craftsmanship and quality first hand. "I didn't have to think twice about who to choose as a vendor... I've been on a number of projects where their windows and doors have been installed, and I've heard testimony from a number of home owners, contractors and architects." For this project, Treve needed to replace a leaking window. But Treve was also facing a problem common to Bay Area homes, and one with which Wooden Window is intimately familiar: "Our house is close to 90 years old, a MacGreggor home built in 1927. As such, the house has settled a bit which means the windows and doors are no longer square and plumb..." Taking initial measurements Just because we're traditional, doesn't mean we're old fashioned. Lasers gauge how out-of-square or out-of-plumb a window opening is In older Bay Area homes, door and window openings are often no longer square Again, our reputation helped to put Treve's mind at ease: "I knew if I had Wooden Window replace the window I would get something that matched the straight-grained fir of the original bay window, maintain the architectural integrity of the house, and would fit properly." "We now have a window, that was custom fit to the opening... The window opens and closes without binding and it looks like it matches the rest of the window trim. When the rains come this winter, we'll be snug and cozy with our new window, new roof, new foundation and new paint job." That's what we do. Another day, another window...Wooden Window.
“The little guy“ isn’t what this beautiful 1950’s ranch-style home would be in most neighborhoods, but amidst the multi-level giants climbing into the hills of this historic Piedmont community, it may well have felt a little lonely—perhaps even a little underdressed. But there’s a company for that — Wooden Window. The home’s owners asked us to replace their original single-pane, metal frame windows with something a little more suited to the overall quality of the house. Wooden Window custom fabricated solid wood, insulated glass windows to enrich the home’s architecture and update it’s energy efficiency — all under the watchful and demanding eye of the City of Piedmont’s architectural review. Not so little anymore, eh?
When Santa Clara Development, ELS Architecture and South Bay Construction needed retail entries for their "Alvin's Corner" mixed-use project on Hamilton Avenue in Campbell, they selected Wooden Window to custom fabricate solid doors and windows for 25 arched storefronts. Alvin's Corner is made up of 3 floors of high-end housing above a retail ground floor. Storefronts for the retail outlets were crafted of stain-grade solid oak and installed by Wooden Window--including all necessary hardware. Although still under construction, the residents of Campbell are soon to enjoy a new selection of their favorite retailers, as well as the availability of dozens of new luxury housing units.
For those of us committed to preserving the historic architecture of Northern California, this homeowner's story was sadly familiar. Before After " House was built in 1908 as a small Queen Anne. In 1930, the roof was lifted to make 2 front bedrooms upstairs instead of one. The house was then stuccoed over. By 1936, almost all the interior 'gingerbread' was gone, as were two (!) fireplaces. The holes where the fireplaces sat were covered over with sheets of plywood--which are still there to this day." Undaunted by the gradual decomposition of her home in the years since it's construction, the owner, Mira Amiras, decided to bring back the intent, if not the exact form of the house in all it's original glory -- and more. "The house façade has not been restored, as that would have meant tearing out the upstairs. It's been, instead, 'reimagined.'" Mira's shepherd, Fiona, modeled for the "Maybeckian" dragons Mira's partner in this extraordinary transformation was the remarkable Skeeter Jones of San Francisco's Clearheart Fine Design. Skeeter's company was founded in 1982 on Skeeter's more than 35 years in the building trades -- from ski resort condominiums and contemporary homes to 'Salt Box', Colonial and Victorian restoration. Skeeter has recreated more than 90 Victorian facades in San Francisco, as well as a number of major structural additions. Wooden Window was delighted to provide historically accurate, solid-wood windows for the project. And even more pleased with Mira's reaction. Every project needs a vigilant foreman. "I am so grateful to you guys for the work that you do. I looked for years for folks who made 'real' windows for our house. And watched my neighbors destroy their homes with hideous windows. Thank you so much for your work!"
It took Clarum Homes to transplant the traditional Mission architecture of Santa Barbara to the Los Altos hills. It took Wooden Window to develop, fabricate and install doors and windows that incorporated the latest features in operation, energy efficiency and home security, while staying faithful to the Mission Style. Wooden Window created all the doors and windows for this extraordinary home. The design showcases energy-efficient Mission and European-style Standard Divided Lite insulated windows throughout, some incorporating leaded glass. Door designs were also something special. Upper floor “faux French Door” sets that were fabricated to appear as a traditional double French Door set, were actually single pocket door assemblies that slid fully back into adjacent walls, completely opening the rooms to the outside. The units even had sliding screens. Multi-point locksets insured homeowner security while the home’s wine cellar featured a unique, “dutch” door, whose intricate upper panel opens to reveal insulated leaded glass to maintain the cellar temperature. Casement windows highlight a full, professional kitchen featuring Mediterranean tile and Spanish pavers that opens onto the dining room through massive walnut paneled entry doors. A special project for a special client. Thank you Clarum Homes.
Whether you plan to stay in your home or sell in the near future, the market for homes in the San Francisco/San Jose market is once again on the rise. Curb appeal shows off your home in photos for online listing services and can put you at the top of a prospective buyer’s list. It could even aid in a bidding war. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Here are 5 ways simple improvements can give you a great return on your investment and add to your curb appeal. Kitchen upgrades with new counters, appliances and paint, along with a bathroom update with new sinks and fixtures bring back a solid return on remodeling costs, but first the outside of the house has to draw you in. Nothing adds to curb appeal like a architecturally compelling, nicely painted and landscaped home. Here are some simple additions experts say will add value and make the outside of your home more inviting. Front Entry Door(s) The front door is the gateway to your home. A beautifully designed entry door is an effective invitation to potential buyers -- whether it's seen in photos, drive-bys or in person. And while you're at it, you might consider upgrading your door construction and weatherization to lower energy costs all year long. And don't forget to upgrade the hardware. It's amazing what a few solid bronze, brass or polished steel accents can do to really make a new door unique. In 2014, investing in your front entry can return $1.30 on every dollar you spend* Garage door replacement A new garage door can provide an opportunity to replace old opaque doors with new ones incorporating transparent or translucent windows to add light and architectural character to customize your home. You might even consider replacing an older roll-up door with carriage doors -- a wonderful touch of history and craftsmanship -- and they're a great advertisement to people driving by. Cost vs Value + 145% Windows Installing or repairing your windows can create energy savings and upgrade the facade of your home. By adding double or triple pane windows, you'll see permanent heating and cooling cost savings. Cost vs Value + 133% Landscaping Spruce up the bedding plots with new mulch and plant some seasonal color annuals. Prune back bushes and trees. Repair leaky faucets outside and take care of irrigation issues. Cost vs Value + 110% A quick tip -- water the yard about a half hour before showing the house. It sends the message that your plants and yard are well and carefully maintained -- and implies the same for the rest of the house. Outdoor Lighting Lights that lead to your entryway welcome your guest after dark and also showcase the entrance to your home. It's simple to add solar lighting at the edge of your pathways. These come in various sizes and shapes, often require no wiring, and may require no more installation than inserting them into the ground. Landscape lighting pools around your "special" trees and plantings, dramatically spotlighting them for visitors during dusk and dark hours. Cost vs Value + 150 % So there you have it -- a few suggestions to increase both the real and apparent value of your home, whether you plan to sell or plan to stay. Show us your before-and-after photos. We would love to be inspired by your creativity, and to hear your home improvement story! Sources www. remolding.hw.net www.hgtv.com/landscaping/landscaping-tips-that-can-help-sell-your-home/index.html www. realestate.msn.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-homes-curb-appeal#2