Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hercules Drive Remodel Complete (well sort of)...

Me installation day, my photographer/friend Marco Franchina is a famous fashion photographer so while we were waiting for all the furniture to be delivered he took a couple photos of me. Why not?

At the beginning of the year I started on a new remodel project in The Hollywood Hills it took a couple of months to do the drawings,  get the permits, work out the design, get bids and convince my client that he absolutely had to move out of the house during the remodel!!! The house was built in 1975 and desperately needed to be updated. In mid March my client moved out and we started construction. My client only agreed to move out for two months so I had to get my crew started right away.  The original plan was to remodel the family room, dining room, living room and master bedroom for Phase I and then do the rest of the house later in the year. My client and I both agreed that since he was moving out that we should remodel the whole house at all at once instead of breaking it up into phases.  We replaced all the windows and doors from Fleetwood, removed all of the existing floors and replaced them with reclaimed wood floors from Living Green, demoed all the bathrooms and kitchen, replaced all the fixtures, tile marble, limestone, new closets, replaced all the electrical, etc.  So basically we started from scratch.  As  you will see in this blog the master bath needed updating  more than any room in the house!




The Master Bath happens to have the best view in the house, the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles. So I convinced my client that we definitely had to remodel the master bath for obvious reasons but also it was in the back of the house and it would not be a good idea to remodel the whole house, install wood floors, paint, etc without redoing the master bath. He finally saw the light and agreed!



The focal point of the room was by far the bathtub so we decided that the room needed the Waterworks Candide freestanding oval bathtub. The tub is so beautiful  it comes primed so you can choose your own paint color, naturally the tub filler is also from Waterworks the Easton series.



The sink vanities were custom built to our specifications and the wood we used is rough cut white oak and the marble is one of my new favorites Calacutta Borghini with vessel sinks from Ronbow faucets are from Kallista Tuxedo by Barbara Barry.
 I really didn't want to style the shots because all the materials I used speak for themselves and work so well together. Why complicate things!


Here's a shot of the shower pan. I stayed at one of the many boutique hotels in Los Angeles the SLS Hotel and all their showers have invisible drains! It was not an easy task to duplicate but my fabricator Gene with All Marble recreated it and even better than the SLS Hotel.  Check it out!


The whole house was completed last week and my client moved in on Monday.  So instead of taking two months it took three, not bad.  My client is happy and everything turned out beyond our expectations and that's whats important.
More to come from Hercules Drive so stay tuned.......

Janette Mallory