Master Suite Renovation – Project Update

We recently started a master suite renovation. We completed a family room addition for them three years ago so it felt like reuniting with old friends!  With many of our clients, we create short term and long terms plans for their house.  The clients goals of this project were to create a larger master bedroom, a functional master bath, more closet space, and a laundry room with lots of hanging space and storage.  This home is a hidden gem, located at the end of a cul-da-sac, surrounded by “your typical neighborhood” houses; The home sits on a large piece of wooded property and has a hidden little secret; it has an indoor pool!   
With this project due to be completed mid October we are moving quickly on the construction and are excited to show you a few before and some progress photos:
Exterior Before
Master Bedroom/ Laundry Before
Master Bathroom Before
Indoor Pool 
We hope you are excited to see the final product, stay tuned!

Featured Designer- Tasha Tyler

The Up and Coming Designer

Share your background

  • I went to school  for interior design, and landed an internship at Gunkelmans in Minneapolis. I have been working along the great designers at Gunkelmans for two and a half years.

If you could live anywhere  in the world, where would it be and why

  • If I could  leave everyone that means anything to me, I would move to Paris. I was fortunate enough to travel there and it was a life changing experience, I cant wait to go back!  However I would never do that, so realistically… I would say Los Angeles. I love being surrounded by creative and inspiring people, places and I enjoy the weather.  I would miss Minnesota summers, they are the best!

 Describe your dream home in five words

  • Warm, Unique, Historic, Eclectic and Bold

What are your hobbies

  • Thrifting, Bike Rides, BBQs, and DIY projects

Five things you can’t live without

  • My family and friends
  • My morning Coffee
  • Vacation
  • Music
  • Internet/ Blogs- so many great sources of inspiration

What are your favorite local shops and restaurants

  • Currently my favorite restaurants are: Barrio- They have great small plates and blackberry mojitos, and my other is Salut.
  • My Favorite shops are: Hunt and gather, Find Furnish and my top secret thrift stores

Describe one of your favorite projects

  •  My Home, I live in a renovated shoe factory and I love the history of the building. Its modern and eclectic. 

Who is your favorite furniture designer

  • I love everything created by Eero Saarinen as well as The Eames

 Fill in the blank, No room would be complete without…

  •  Art

Do you have “go to” paint colors, if so which ones

  • No I dont

Uncovering History

We recently completed this gardening cottage and garage addition :

Front Before                                            After

Rear Before                                             After

We are delighted the client has chose to move along with more renovations!  While tearing off the original  siding, circa 1922 we found bits and pieces of the original cedar shingles. Interested to know a background we did a little research and here is what we found.

The original siding  was manufactured by Puget Sound Mill and Timber Company in Port Angeles, WA.

Puget Sound Mill and Timber Company Locomotive No. 7

Puget Sound Mill and Timber company was founded in 1914. In 1926, Puget Sound Mill and Timber company purchased a locomotive on the Pacific Railway which linked Port Angeles to St. Paul and other thriving mid-western cities. The company, just like any other had highs and lows:

  • The timber mill was located at Twin, just outside of Port Angeles, WA
  • During World War I, the government assigned 27,000 men to the “spruce” division of Puget Sound Mill and Timber. 
  • ” The Big Wind of 21″ destroyed 8 million board feet of sellable lumber growing in the North Olympic Peninsula
  • With the stock market crash in 1929, Twin’s fate was sealed and the timber industry was hit hard. 
  • In the early 1930’s Twin’s railway connecting it to the outside world was tore up, this was the end of Puget Sound Mill and Timber Company.

Puget Sound Mill and Timber Company Lumber Mill
The mill was later a pulp mill, purchased by Georgia- Pacific in 1963 and remained open until 2001.

We are replacing the current 90 year old shingles with a high quality siding which will last the owners many more years while keeping the home looking true to its 1922 style. Replacing it with premium grade, sawed and sanded all four sides, and pre-primed all four sides to prevent moisture from penetrating through the back side, over time, moisture from the back side will lead to the surface paint failure.  We will share more photos when the project is complete. 

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