New Modern Art Deco Home
During: ICF exterior walls, 2-inch foam insulation for concrete floors
During: Rebar on top of foam insulation, pex tubing for hydronic radiant heating
During: Exterior ICF walls, second-floor wood framing of interior rooms.
During: New home had 9-foot ceilings. Ceiling height in main hallway, dining room, and kitchen was lowered to 8 feet with openings intended for dimmable LED indirect lighting.
During: Rear hallway with trayed ceiling designed to have dimmable indirect LED lighting
During: Second-floor offices were designed with double walls to be insulated for soundproofing.
During: I-joists and lumber to frame interior walls and ceilings.
During: Bundles of wires in the mechanical room, to be distributed throughout the house.
During: See-through fireplace was installed so the duct, gas, and electricity could be installed
During: Radiant-heat tubing for the second floor, and electrical wiring, was carefully installed so it didn’t conflict with light fixtures on the main floor.
During: Entry door and hallway with “trayed” ceiling for dimmable indirect LED lighting
During: Light fixtures are installed on the main floor
During: Vent pipes, exhaust fan ducts, water supply, rough valves must be installed very early in the construction process. This is the upstairs guest bathroom that will serve the offices.
During: Installation. All light fixtures used throughout the home are designed for direct contact with insulation, to avoid fire hazard.
During: Light fixtures must be built air-tight for insulated ceilings to avoid fire hazards.
During: The hydronic heating system installed early in the construction so the interior will keep the temperature constant.
During: Kitchen windows framed for custom installation with cabinets. ICFs (insulating concrete forms) must be cut with a hot knife for wires and pipes to be installed flat against the concrete after it’s been poured and cured.
During: All wires were labeled so they would get installed into the appropriate circuit in the main panel and sub-panels.
During: All loose wires were connected to a series of junction boxes that control the whole-house lighting system.
During: Boiler in the right is for hydronic system as well as the potable hot water heater.
During: Drywall installation is messy, but the new home is starting to take shape. Everything that was visualized and included in the detailed plans is becoming reality.
During: Hydronic heating systems are very intricate and require a licensed installer. These pipes run to the coils under the floors everywhere in the house.
During: Windows are installed, now the drywall is put in place. Still a lot to do . . .
During: Now the “trayed” ceilings are adding the visual interest as intended, in the main hallway and entry. Soon they’ll be providing great lighting.
During: Drywall is being installed in the dining room. “Trayed” ceiling for indirect lighting adds visual interest.
During: All rough plumbing and wiring complete, now it’s time for drywall. “Greenboard” is used in wet locations such as showers.
During: Drywall installation is just the first step. Then comes the taping and mud, and texture, and priming for painting.
During: The new home features stepped crown moulding, baseboard, and casing in all rooms. The finish carpenters manufactured all of the crown from three different-sized boards, then the homeowners primed and painted it (except for the moulding intended for the living room, which was custom stained).
During: Drywall, taping, texturing, and priming complete, now it’s time for the homeowners to tackle all of the interior painting (D-I-Y!).
During: The 11-foot living room ceiling is insulated, like the second-floor area, ready for rift-oak paneling and battens. Note that the glulam beams are exposed. They were custom stained and finished by the homeowners.
During: Three men and special equipment achieved installation of the living room ceiling paneling, custom-stained rift oak.
During: Custom-stained rift-oak paneling being installed by the finish carpenters.
After: Rift-oak paneling is completed. Light troughs below the stained glulam beams need to be finished, and battens need to be installed.
During: Custom kitchen cabinets being installed. Wall cabinets and tall cabinets are alder with a stepped recessed panel. Base cabinets feature horizontal slab rift-oak doors and drawers, the same wood that was used in the living room, and for stair risers.
During: Custom-stained alder and rift-oak cabinets create visual interest.
During: Five feet of shallow pantry storage, with room for two freezer drawer units that will be installed below the second stair landing.
During: Downdraft duct required base cabinets below the cooktop to be pulled out approximately six inches.
During: Laundry room was designed with lots of storage for flower arranging tools and containers.
During: All interior painting (and wood staining), and tile installation was done by homeowners. It took longer, but saved thousands of dollars.
During: Tile layout in the second-floor guest bathroom required a lot of thought, detailed plans, and time to do a good job.
During: All of the interior trim was pre-primed and painted before installation, so final paint touch-ups were easier.
During: The stone wall cap is installed. Now the installers are double-checking the angled table and adjacent countertop measurements.
During: Stone slabs were shipped from California and stored for approximately six years before the bar cap, countertops, and tub deck were manufactured and installed. Crowley’s Granite did a fantastic job. This picture shows them working on the kitchen countertop.
During: Fine-tuning the slabs used to undermount the soaking tub in the master bathroom. Cutting in and around two corner windows was tricky, but the results are spectacular.
After Detail: The kitchen stone table and adjacent countertop are finished, and the seam is as close to perfect as possible. The stone grain blends beautifully. The stone is quartzite, %22Verde Laponia%22
After Detail: Tub deck in the master bathroom is completed. Clamps are left on until the epoxy glue is set up at the seams. Undermounting sinks is normal; undermounting a soaking tub is more challenging, especially when there are corner windows.
During: Alder cabinets in the master bathroom have two pull-out pantries for maximum storage. Same stone used in the kitchen is used in the master bathroom.
During: Quartzite (Verde Laponia) tiles were inserted into the tub and shower porcelain tile walls, and on the tub skirt. Each tile is surrounded by a green trim piece, called a “sizzle strip”. The homeowners did all of the tile setting.
During: Porcelain tiles were installed on a diagonal in the main-floor guest bathroom and adjacent laundry room. The guest bathroom floor has inserts of light turquoise glass tiles.
After: Cabinets and Corian countertop (with integral sink) are finished. Now the homeowners need to finish the porcelain tile flooring and backsplash.
During: Green Corian was selected for the kitchen working countertops, to blend with the green quartzite table and baking preparation countertop. Shown is installation of the countertop that will be under the gas downdraft cooktop.
During: Installation almost finished on cooktop side of kitchen. Major challenge for installers, because there had to be a gap between the cooktop and the downdraft, caused by the project manager’s miscalculation of the duct location before the concrete flooring was poured.
During: Homeowners discovered that laying cork tile is NOT a D-I-Y job, especially for a whole house. They hired professionals to lay the cork flooring, which was completed over a long weekend. Shown is laying the cork in the dining room.
During: Working around and under the stainless steel custom stone table legs would have been a major challenge for the homeowners, but not the professional installer.
During: Homeowners selected contrasting cork for inserts in the main hallway, to replicate openings in the trayed ceiling. The result looks like area rugs, without all of the problems associated with area rugs.
During: Waiting for the custom metal cable handrail for the lower stairway was worth every minute. It’s exactly what the homeowners wanted.
The dining room and living room in the new modern art deco home interior, with the see-through fireplace.
Another view of the new modern art deco home interior dining room and living room, with the trayed ceiling and see-through gas fireplace.
North side of new modern art deco home interior kitchen viewed from the entry hall. Shows the stainless built-in refrigerator, custom cabinets, trayed ceiling, Corian countertop with undermount stainless steel sink, and cork flooring
New modern art deco home interior, North side of kitchen viewed from the dining room, showing windows and see-through custom cabinets that allow daylight and provide great storage. Quartzite stone table top and adjacent baking preparation countertop, Corian countertops, porcelain tile backsplash.
New modern art deco home interior: North side of kitchen viewed from the dining room, showing windows and see-through custom cabinets that allow daylight and provide great storage. Quartzite stone table top and adjacent baking preparation countertop, Corian countertops, porcelain tile backsplash. In the foreground is the custom quartzite table top, Verde Laponia, with stepped pendant fixtures. The south side of the kitchen is shown, including the rift-oak cooktop cabinet, and other custom storage cabinets, manufactured from alder.
Homeowners have finished the all-white laundry room in the New modern art deco home interior, including the porcelain tile backsplashes with mosaic glass tiles, and the diagonal porcelain tile floors.
Non-structural brush-broom concrete columns and fireplace wall in the new modern art deco home interior living room. Custom grill cloths will hide all of the subwoofers.
East side of the new modern art deco home interior master bedroom features a patio door with sidelight that will provide sunrise wake-up and great views.
After: West side of the new master bedroom, showing hallway to two-room master bathroom and large walk-in closet.
After: Wife’s half of the new modern art deco home interior master bathroom, showing the custom lavatory cabinets. Quartzite countertop with undermount lavatory sink. Dimmable ambient and task lighting, powerful and quiet exhaust fan.
After: Wife’s half of the new modern art deco home interior master bathroom, showing the two-person shower and undermount soaking tub. Rectangular porcelain tile, custom quartzite tile inserts, mosaic tile flooring, corner windows overlooking the garden.
After: Husband’s half of the new modern art deco home interior master bathroom, showing custom alder cabinets with two hampers and two wall cabinets for all personal-care products. Quartzite countertop with undermount lavatory sink, porcelain tile flooring.
Husband’s half of the new modern art deco home master bathroom has the toilet and bidet, and cabinets for linen storage.
After: The new modern art deco home wheelchair-accessible guest bathroom is completed, except for the mirror between sidelites. The porcelain tile backsplash has custom light-turquoise glass tile inserts that match the light fixtures, glass waterfall faucet, and glass inserts in the tile floor.
The stairway for this new modern art deco home was designed with short risers and deep treads for maximum comfort and safety, which required more space. As a result, there are two landings between the floors, which provided space for two drawer freezer units to be built under the upper landing.
New modern art deco home: Upper stairway leading to the second floor, 42″ wide, with handrails on both sides. The risers are horizontal rift oak, to match living room paneling and kitchen cabinets. The treads are natural maple, finished with a water-base urethane.
After: For everyday use and client meetings, an office kitchenette was included in the new modern art deco home. It has an under-counter refrigerator with ice maker, and there’s room for a small microwave and coffee maker. It features alder cabinets, Corian countertop with an undermount stainless steel sink, and custom mosaic-tile backsplash.
Hallway leading to husband’s in-home office in the new modern art deco home. A large closet was built to store office supplies.
After: The husband telecommutes to work, so he needs room for all of the required computer equipment and paraphernalia in the new modern art deco home. A large closet is the home to AV equipment that distributes music to the home’s exterior and interior. He’s also an avid reader, so it was important to include space for bookshelves, and a comfortable chair for reading.
This room in the new modern art deco home is home for the wife’s extensive collection of art supplies, sewing supplies, and multiple hobby supplies.
One corner of the new hobby room in the new modern art deco home was designed to fit the wife’s 4’x4′ hydraulic drafting table . During the daytime, there’s a lot of natural light, and there’s a lot of artificial light for late-night projects.
This room in the new modern art deco home is large and flexible, to be part of the in-home office, or an exercise room, meeting room, or whatever the homeowners want. With soundproof walls on both sides, it’s also a great buffer between the husband’s and wife’s offices.
After: The wife needed a large room for a desk where she can meet with clients, or spread out reference materials while working in the new modern art deco home. She also needed an enormous amount of storage for her business.
After: Second-floor guest bathroom for in-home offices and guests in the new modern art deco home. It has a tiled shower with bench and custom tile wall murals, a washlet toilet, and a wall-hung lavatory. The tile layout was very demanding, and required detailed plans for the best results.
The new modern art deco home interior was designed to be energy-efficient, using sustainable products, and to comply with aging-in-place guidelines for maximum comfort and safety. All windows and exterior doors are Millgard “Ultra,” dual glazing with fiberglass frames that are stronger than wood or metal, more energy efficient, and paintable. The floors were supposed to be stained concrete, but there was a problem, so the homeowners chose cork tiles for all of the floors, except the bathrooms and laundry room. Inspiration for this home interior was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes, designed from the late 1920s until his death in 1959, complemented by repeated Art Deco ziggurat “steps.” This slideshow includes a selection of pictures from over 2000 shots taken during the construction.