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House in Santa Lucia Preserve

Detail view of screened porch. Photograph by David Wakely.

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September 28, 2013
gaymishelle wrote:
Do the windows open? I want a breeze on nice days.
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This shot is taken looking into a screened porch -- so all of the openings in the room beyond the door portal are screened, with no glass. The lites to either side of the sliding doors - only one is shown in this shot are fixed glass. But typically the windows in this house are operable - either double hung and or in-swinging hoppers.
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    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 12:32PM
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July 4, 2013
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The floor looks great. What type of finish was used after it was stained, and are you happy with it?
    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 8:04AM
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A clear sealer was used - but I don't have the product information.
Surtec is a good sealer company -- on other concrete floors I have used their FS-600 and also Natural Beauty as the finish coat - as it has a matte finish.
I would recommend talking to someone at that company.,
Thanks for the question --\
    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 2:22PM
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May 1, 2013
eskcs wrote:
What color paint is on the walls?
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Benjamin Moore# 2153-50, Desert Tan is what was used -- it was painted on and then scraped off the wood walls in the porch so that it reads more lke a wash. the same color was used on the doors, windows and trim as well as on the sheet rock walls that are also visible in this photo.
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    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:03AM
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April 9, 2013
hughandme wrote:
where did you get the chairs
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I think that these chairs were likely ordered by the interior designer and unfortunately I no longer have her contact information. I think that these are Dakota Jackson chairs -- perhaps someone else in the Houzz community may have this answer.
    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 2:44PM
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January 15, 2013
jhb24 wrote:
How large is this room?
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The interior dimensions are roughly 9'-3" x 15'- 6" -- you can see much of the balance of the space in the photo of the hall looking towards this porch. The other end has a small table.
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    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:58AM
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September 18, 2012
demtuc wrote:
Love the floor! What color stain is this?
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Hi -
The stain was a mixture of colors figured out in samples on the job -- to match a sample we had. It was a trial and error process with the samples. We had 5 or 6 samples prepared at the same time the floor was poured - using concrete from the pour, this is critical if you are going to try and match something and or work out an effect in advance so that the chemistry is the same -- and used these to experiment on. Unfortunately I don't have a color to give you - it is mixture of yellow and brown and some red.
Best of luck --
    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 10:58PM
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Thank you so much! That is very helpful!
    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 6:00AM
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September 18, 2012
Munish Mittal wrote:
tile flooring or wooden flooring wich one is better
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Hi -
Sorry to be slow in responding -- busy schedule.
This picture shows a concrete floor with regular scoring -- which makes it look like tile.
But to answer your question -- my answer is that it depends.
First thing to think about is the type of heating system you are using - if radiant in the floor, I would use tile over wood. If forced air and or radiant heat from another source - radiators, and or from the ceiling -- no concerns about using wood. Apart from that issue -- I think it is really a personal choice -- I like both but prefer wood. The house in this picture used concrete floors throughout over radiant heat -- they are really comfortable, easy to maintain and this was a really cost effective decision.
What kinds of spaces are you having to make a decision about?
    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 10:53PM
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July 30, 2012
jjl558 wrote:
I have a outside cover sitting area with a cement ceiling, is there anyway that wood paneling can be installed
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Do you mean wood paneling over the cement ceiling?
That can be done --
I would gap the wood boards off of the cement with pressure treated furring strips and depending on how long concrete has been in place and what is above it ( exposed to elements and or completely protected from the elements) I would consider having a waterproofing layer applied onto the concrete first -- could be a peel and stick and or liquid applied material -- some of the liquid applied membranes chemically bond with the concrete and will also fill cracks ( xypex and vandex are two companies to consider) . And then I would make sure to vent the cavity behind the wood that is created by the gapped furring strips. How this is done depends on the condition at hand - walls below, edge of the ceiling as it transitions to a wall or roof above... The wood boards need to be finished on all sides -- even those that are concealed so that over time the boards do not warp as they absorb moisture on untreated sides differently than the treated ones.
These are details that I would suggest having an architect in your area develop for you after looking at your situation. The will be able to help with selecting the right wood and making sure that the finished installation looks and performs over time the way you want it to.
Best of luck,
    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:37PM
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July 22, 2012
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Hi -
These doors are actually sliding doors -- not folding doors -- they slide on a track inside the porch and port over the fixed windows to either side. The doors were made by a Door + Window shop I cannot recommend enough -- Davenport Mill in Davenport, CA. The top track hardware is by Grant -- and I used a custom guide at the bottom of the door that interlocks with a piece on the sill to hold the doors from swinging out. 133 Marine View Avenue Davenport, CA 95017
(831) 425-8577 and or
They are great -- do wonderful shop drawings too.
- Cathy
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April 3, 2012
mhgibbons wrote:
Love the floors. Is this acid stained or integral colored concrete? Are those just score lines?
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Love the subtle color...not too dark. Would you be able to tell me what color you used?
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I wish I could.
We had a sample of another material - leather if memory serves- which we used as our model when testing out colors. The key here is to have a mock up created when the pour is happening. Obviously only possible if this is new concrete. We had 2 or 3 roughly two x two feet by a coupke of inch high skid forms which were filled with concrete during the pour if the floor. They were deeply tooled to create a gridded pattern for us to use for testing. Then by trial and error we created samples and because if was the same pour as the floor we could be assured that the results in the actual floor would be Ashlee close match. A good resource are he FuTon Cheng books on concrete and concrete finishes.
Well illustrated with many tips and a good source of practical info and inspiration.
Good luck.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 9:58AM
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March 11, 2012
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This is the great thing about design itself and also about one's choices about how to best arrange furniture, rugs, etc to best meet one's needs. There are many options and that is how it should be. I like to think that a good home design will permit -- many very different furniture layouts. Thanks for your thoughts,
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January 30, 2012
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Hi -
The doors between the LR and porch cannot be seen in this image -- when open they port exactly over the fixed windows. The are wood sash doors that are top hung on a heavy duty Grant track with a interlocking metal threshold piece that acts as a keeper so that they cannot swing out. I detailed the doors and they were made by a door and window shop in Davenport, CA ( Davenport Mill). They do lovely work and I recommend them highly. The porch doors and windows, also by Davenport Mill, use a screen infill instead of glass.
Hope this helps -
    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 8:32AM
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