Be my neighbor! The house across the street is coming up for sale soon.
The house is owned by a neighbor who is not only the original owner from 1963, but an employee of Eichler Homes. Sadly, for a single, older lady, it's a bit much to keep up so her family is passing it to the next lucky owner.
The house has had some work done over the years, including the stone facade which was added decades ago to protect against the very strong afternoon sun (a good idea, really), but nothing that really violates the ethos of the house and design — after all, the previous owner knew Joe Eichler (Joe's wife gave her an original George Nelson Coconut Chair that sat in the house for years). Almost every house coming up on the market is going to need some work and it's nice to not have to pay for something that someone else considered an upgrade... but that a new owner might want to tear out anyway.
Based on some recent sales and current listings, we'd expect it to sell in the mid/high-400s. While this trend in increasing prices is not great news for bargain hunters, it's still a lot less than other Eichler homes in the Bay Area.
When making the maple multi-ply topped stools, I was left with 3 very nice, new nylon-covered cushions which were original to the bases. What to do?
Make a bench, of course.
This one stands 16in high and is 38in long and 14in deep (the cushions are 12in square). It is made of cumaru and multi-ply and joined with pocket-screws and stainless steel face-screws capped with a contrasting cumaru plug.
I'll be making more based on this design, but until then: anyone need a bench? Until I get an Esty.com site set up it's for sale via Craigslist for $50.
(Click on the images for clear, larger, more color-accurate versions)
The brightness of the center pink cushion was hard to capture — it's pretty bright. See a better rendition below.
Progress on the deck has been slow now that I'm back to work, but there's progress to report.
The way it's designed, there's a lot of math involved and things have to line up just right, so it's taking more time that a typical deck might. The hardness of the cumaru has also been a challenge if only because — since it machines almost like metal — you want/expect everything to be super-precise.
And it's been brutally hot...
But here are some progress pictures with the wood cut to length and set up for staining. It's beginning to look a lot more like a deck.
Here, you can clearly see the Vycor deck protector we're using.
Dry-fitting everything before staining
After the first coat of oil, the richness and variety of colors/textures of the wood really showed through.