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6 ft landscape timbers so we didn’t run across any.

Other sections of the interior are constructed of fir and cherry boards which were straight cut and milled on site from larger trees.

All of the large hardwoods were dried out in a kiln at 304˚F for 6 hours to prepare for the finish. After the kiln all of the trees were inspected and compared for uniformity. Cherry and walnut were left natural looking and were finished with our unique cherry seasoning formula.

The wood floor was sanded and refinished. Each piece was removed from the kiln, sawn to rough length and given a good cleaning of oil and dust. After being pressed and tumbled the floor was cured and re-glued. Then the glue was again “tumbled” with a coarse sanding paper and oiled.

Finished, the birch floors are in several locations in the space. The small birch tables are 25” round and are made from solid birchwood and they support the very well-appointed and comfortable dining tables. Each table has a distressed finish that is both complex and interesting and all can be used as cocktail tables, dinner tables, and so on.

We have yet to start painting the interior and the final result is incredibly exciting. Wood floors, custom vintage rattan furniture, cedar ceilings and posts, an industrial gas fireplace and more are the main focus of the project but you will also see the rustic industrial stairwell, exterior stonework and front entrance.

Note: There are plenty of pictures in this project and even more video! We had to shut the project down before the plaster and drywall were installed. But you can look at how it has progressed in our other projects at https://www.facebook.com/RobertStoneArchitects

Mr. Stone Architecture: Can you describe the inspiration and direction for this project?

Dr. L.S.: The largest inspiration is David Daleiden’s work from this same time frame at San Francisco’s Fulton Street Elementary School. Even more so than the juxtaposition of old/new, the work was motivated by how to distill the core of his work — the mixture of domestic and industrial, tradition and modern, darkness and light. In the process of making the building more rustic in its quality, the concept grew into an intervention that would represent another historical layer in the city’s architectural fabric.

Mr. Stone Architecture: What is the status of the project right now? Is it currently open for public tours or do you plan on opening it for tours? If you do plan on opening it for public tours, what are the estimated opening times?

Dr. L.S.: We are about to get ready to do a walk-through for property owners and general interest groups so we can see what is coming, and who is interested in doing the walking, as we get closer to the opening. Currently, it is approximately half done. When the apartment units are up we can go and see it with a group of residents. When the spaces are completed, we will be inviting groups of people to see it.

Mr. Stone Architecture: What materials did you use in the construction of this project?

Dr. L.S.: There are several hundred pounds of oak boards and planks and lots of boards on the floor. Much of the structural timber was pressure treated and many of the other wood surfaces were sanded and finished.

Mr. Stone Architecture: Did you have any material or production-related challenges in the course of this project?

Dr. L.S.: If you mean the structure itself, then it was exciting to be the first to build a gas fire in San Francisco and we had to work around that for all the cabinets and doors. Otherwise, the construction material was very much what you would expect at this time.

Mr. Stone Architecture: What is your general construction process?

Dr. L.S.: We can be finished quickly but we always follow a methodical process. We work by consensus and always keep a schedule that allows us to be very active in the final six weeks.

We spend a lot of time getting to know the clients and understanding the details of their desires. Then we turn to the architectural drawings, which we know is a critical and indispensable tool. We spend a good part of the first three months of a project learning about the clients’ expectations, objectives, and designs so that we can work towards meeting those expectations while satisfying the needs and desires of the clients. We communicate and collaborate with the clients throughout the project, keeping their goals and needs front and center.

Mr. Stone Architecture: Did you utilize building information modeling software to create this project? If so, please explain?

Dr. L.S.: We use BIM software for a lot of things, and the project was a first for us in that it is an interior renovation. We use it primarily for construction scheduling and in the early stages of the design process to document and communicate the project to stakeholders and clients. We use it with subcontractors, vendors and a variety of stakeholders to understand and learn from the project.

Mr. Stone Architecture: What do you hope to gain from this project and your experience in the construction business?

Dr. L.S.: The design of the Fulton Street School is the basis for all of our projects. It represents a particular time in the city’s architectural history that we hope to be able to reproduce again in a way that can live alongside