Tar Paper Crane
Tar Paper Crane is a home remodeling blog, documenting restoration projects from start to finish. The renovations are sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, and always fun!
Something Old, Something New
- Published on Sunday, 22 January 2012
Authors: ShiloeYou remember the story of our English Tudor, right? This historic bay area home had not been touched for generations. While the details were stunning, the cramped rooms just didn't work for the way families now live. We did a careful restoration of the period details, opened up some spaces, and added a...
Little Blue Cottage Featured in Better Homes and Gardens
- Published on Saturday, 19 November 2011
Authors: ShiloeHi there remodeling friends, great news! Our very first project documented from start to finish here at TPC is featured in the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The snappy design of the Little Blue Cottage won over countless readers and we couldn't be more flattered that it also caught the attention of the pros...
Residential Aluminum Windows - Locally Made in California
- Published on Sunday, 19 June 2011
Authors: ShiloeMetal windows are unique in that they are equally at home in residential and commercial architecture, modern structures and old-world historic buildings. They have a timeless minimalist profile, derived from the strength of the frames, which affords narrow sight lines even in very large windows.
In the Rustic Modern hous...
Board Formed Concrete Fail
- Published on Sunday, 27 March 2011
Authors: ShiloeSo much has happened since I last wrote, I know it's been a while. I had a post all lined up to boast to you about how we formed the huge concrete wall using panels constructed by affixing HardiPlank siding of varying heights to sheets of plywood.
I was going to tell you how this best-of-both-worlds approach proposed...
- Published on Sunday, 17 October 2010
Authors: ShiloeIt's been a crazy couple of weeks trying to get everything in place for this momentous concrete pour. Since last post, we poured the piers and installed all the underslab plumbing. Then we dropped in 12" of gravel and tied all the rebar for the topping slab and the retaining walls.
New Project! Rustic Modern Master Suite Addition
- Published on Sunday, 12 September 2010
New Tar Paper Star
- Published on Sunday, 29 August 2010
Authors: ShiloeI am such a fan of the site Fun and VJs, run by Anita in Brisbane, Australia. She has a Queenslander house, which, to be honest, I'd never even heard of before reading her blog, but now I know it is a lovely architectural style native to Queensland in Australia, developed in the 1840s and still in use today, characterized by...
Paint Colors at the Cottage
- Published on Sunday, 15 August 2010
Authors: ShiloeI've had a lot of questions about the paint colors used on this house, so I thought now was a good time to download for all of you working on your own cottages.
One thing to note is that the ceilings are the same as the wall colors throughout. This is a new technique we're seeing lately that really makes the woodwork...
Modern Kitchen Fun
- Published on Sunday, 08 August 2010
Authors: ShiloeI've been meaning to post pics of this kitchen for a while. I just adore the way it all came together. This is another great design by Lorin Hill Architects, of the English Tudor house fame.
The house is classic mid-century modern, but a previous owner had poorly installed a cheesy Home Depot kitchen without...
Antique Lighting Restoration
- Published on Sunday, 25 July 2010
Authors: ShiloeStop! Don't throw out those old fashioned light fixtures that have been with your house from the beginning of time, bring them up to date with new shades and wiring. You'll support your local artisans for less money than buying all new fixtures, and the style will read true your home's architectural roots.