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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Michael and Xochi Birch are not your average tech millionaires, nor is their new social club, The Battery, your average old-guard private club. You won’t see Google buses dropping off or picking up techies, although you might see a local artist or foodie glide in through the front door to the sleek, avant-guard restaurant. Michael and Xochi met in England and found the pub scene there to be warm and engaging, with a constant flow of diverse locals and students interacting freely with each other. When moving to the Bay Area, they found that the segmented private clubs made it hard to meet interesting people. So, when they sold off their social media business Bebo to AOL for $850 million dollars, they decided to create a new kind of local club that would appeal to the richly varied culture unique to San Francisco--a place where wide-ranging interests and myriad points of view could come find a welcoming setting. Meet The Battery. Originally built in 1907, the newest incarnation of the Musto Plaza Building at 717 Battery, is a 14 suite luxury boutique hotel, a 3,000 bottle wine cellar, roof deck garden, four bar, library, and private club with a public restaurant. It is also a historic landmark and that's where Wooden Window comes in. Wooden Window has more experience working with landmark commercial buildings than any other door and window company in California. Michael and Xochi knew we had the right stuff to create doors and windows that would transform the building from old marble factory to cosmopolitan social hub. Perhaps you will take a look at The Battery next time you are in the Financial District and let us know what you think.


Custom Doors and Garden Gate ~ San Francisco, CA

Customer testimonial: "Richard and I are more than pleased with our new gate and doors.  They do indeed make a special statement, and they are as functional as they are beautiful." C.L.


Community Breakfast – August 1st at San Francisco Showroom.

Wednesday, August 1st 8:30AM to 10:30AM Wooden Window Showroom 111 Rhode Island Street, Suite F San Francisco, California   Working in the Biggest Room Possible Don't miss the chance to meet and hear architect Mark English at our next Community Breakfast. When he's not pursuing his own practice, or sitting on AIA-San Francisco's Board of Directors, Architect Mark English coaches his peers on new strategies for social media and marketing and edits two highly respected online magazines. Mark will be showing us how we can bypass the traditional gatekeepers of conventional media to use the web, and social media in particular, to drive traffic to our websites, become more visible in the digital world and build our businesses. Mark English, AIA has been running his own residential design firm, Mark English Architects, since 1992. Mark’s education includes a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic University, complemented by graduate studies at the Syracuse University campus in Florence, Italy. He has also promoted principles of energy-efficient design, particularly as it relates to compliance with California’s Title 24 energy code.     This month's Community Networking Breakfast is co-sponsored by Fireclay Tile. Fireclay Tile (San Jose, CA) is the leading U.S. ceramic and glass tile manufacturer using recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing practices. We make the highest quality, most durable and aesthetic hand-made materials using “old world” methods that are unique, affordable, and “green.”   Photography: Paul Dyer     RSVP to this event on Wednesday August 1st: http://woodenwindow.com/rsvp/    


2012 NARI Winner

Mid-century modern home remodeling projects are typically not the types that create headlines. But late last month, at its annual awards celebration in Dallas, Texas, the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) presented its Contractor of the Year award (entire house, project exceeding $1 million) to McCutcheon Construction of Berkeley for a project completed in May 2011: the entire makeover of mid-century modern home in Tiburon, California that had not been modified since its construction. Originally built in the 1950s, the house – just 2,000 square feet in size – had been inherited by a long-term resident of San Francisco, who questioned whether the residence could ever be compelling enough to lure her out of the City. But in the end, that’s exactly what happened. Renown designer John Wheatman of San Francisco created the overall aesthetic for this remodel, which was managed by Michael McCutcheon, who is the President of McCutcheon Construction. Other notable sub-contractors involved in the project were Wooden Window of Oakland, Chistman Electrical of Napa, and Greg Rossi Tile of Martinez. Essential to the success of this remodel, the entire home was reconsidered to optimize usability, indoor-outdoor livability, and proximity to glorious views of the San Francisco Bay and the City beyond. Many aspects of this project were relatively minor in scale. In fact, all construction was managed within the original roofline of the structure. Even so, the transformation was dramatic.    


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