Archive for October, 2009

Smithbuilt Project: Ames Cottage on AIA Architecture in the City Tour

Posted in Design/Building Portfolio on October 10, 2009 by smithbuilt

When I started the Ames remodel project I knew that it was a unique space with historical roots.Apparently, the American Institute of Architects felt the same way as our remodel was selected for the 2009 AIA homes tour this fall.Check out the cover of the home tour guide that’s us on the bottom.Our Ames Cottage on AIA Tout

Converted from a three car garage in the 1940’s this space on Ames Alley housed Betty May school for dance until the early 80’s when Betty May passed away.

Ames frontage after renovation.

The studio holds a special place in my heart because not a month goes by without someone stopping me to talk about the fact that they or someone they know danced or was somehow involved in the studio. It was real neighborhood fixture.

I lived in the studio while I renovated the front flats of my house on Guerrero.

Serving as a design motif I preserved the tap marked maple floors and built up and around this grounding element.

The bathroom where a skylight above doubles as a rooftop table.

The kitchen with custom cabinetry built by my friend Steve.

The fireplace is wrapped in 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ slats that were milled from the existing douglas fir roof joists before we raised the ceiling height and replaced the roof with engineered trusses.

This was my first vertical succulent garden.

Our small but oh so deep soaking tub was formed in placed by concrete works.

Check us out on the Inhabitat blog.

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Artwork from Kevin Smith of Smithbuilt

Posted in Artwork on October 9, 2009 by smithbuilt

This is a series I did last year with found images. By an odd turn of events, I came to own an enormous collection of years of family photos from a family I have never met. The photos span decades, and are all taken around the Bay Area. Through the photos,  I can watch the family grow up, graduate, take vacations, change houses. Some of the characters have become favorites of mine. The woman in this picture  is a favorite.

They are sublimation dye prints mounted on wood and covered in resin. I have experimented with hanging them outside. I hope to introduce a series this year that can we used in a somewhat protected outdoor condition.

Rose 1957

Rose 1957

Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders

Rose

Rose

Hank 1962

Hank 1962

Back home

Back home

Roadtrip

Roadtrip

Texas Tea

Texas Tea

Amy

Amy

rose-in-sari

New Tillandsia Garden at Ritual

Posted in Vertical Garden on October 7, 2009 by smithbuilt

This is a new Tillandsia garden that is currently hanging in the Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street.