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On 29 September 2003, work began to transform our humble house in Albany, CA. This is the culmination of a planning phase that took a year or so working with our architect, John Matheson, getting approval from the city, and hunting for a general contractor. It was completed on schedule in early April 2004.

The slideshow has not been updated to have the final images with the painted house (actually, colored stucco). This has been on my todo list for oh, 3 years now, so don't hold your breath on this, but I do plan to get around to it!

Here's a close-up shot of the garage door. The type of wood is mangaris, a very durable hardwood that has advantages over redwood and cedar. The garage doors were intially treated using the same process used to protect boats, but this later turned out to be not such a good idea as the sun exposure wreaked havoc on the finish, causing peeling and discoloration. Ultimately, we switched to coating the doors with a Brazilian rosewood oil called "Penofin For Hardwood, Penetrating Oil Finish, Transparent natural tone", which preserves the wood much better. It needs to be re-applied about once a year.

We also remodeled our master bathroom using this wood and plan to use it for our deck in the back yard. (Yes, the photos on that site are actual footage of our bathroom, though a pseudonym is used.)

We're using Roofener and Son of Pinole, CA as the general contractor. Wayne and Russell Roofener (510-758-3209) have done many houses in the area and are efficient and flexible. Two thumbs up for these guys.

Here are some photo slide shows of the remodeling progress from a number of perspectives:

Copyright (c) 2004 Steve & Kim Trutane.
Last revised: 2007-07-27