The renovation of our 1953 A-Frame in Marin County, CA.

A-Frame Reframe

A-Frame reframe is a personal blog of the renovation of our 1953 A-Frame house in Marin County, CA.; just north of San Francisco. This journal is a venue to document our renovation and an avenue […]

7 years later

It’s almost seven years since we first purchased our A-Frame and it seems like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since; my partner and I have encountered job and career changes as well as […]

Jul, 09

House completed – new front door

We’ve replaced the front door which was original to the house. It was very cool but was not secure or weather resistant. After much research and exploration, we purchased a Simpson door and Milgard windows […]

Oct, 24

House completed – guest room and main bath

The guest room upstairs is slightly smaller than the original but large enough for a set of bookcases and single sized guest bed. The laundry has been moved from downstairs to the closet in the […]

Sep, 21

House completed – master bedroom

With the expansion of the bedroom into the old loft area, we’ve increased the size of the bedroom and kept the room open to the main room below. The structural A-Frame beams run every seven […]

Sep, 20

House Completed – kitchen and downstairs bath

Here’s our kitchen with open shelving and white cabinets. We are currently using an island from the restaurant supply store but will have a custom one built in the future.  

Sep, 19

House completed – staircase

The new staircase pushed the house out 18 inches. The first flight of stairs are floating and open to the space below, the second flight are cascading. The metal base was built by San Francisco […]

Sep, 18

House completed – exterior colors and main floor

It’s been 10 months since moving into our new home. My hope was to post more updates but it’s been a whirlwind with unpacking and purging our belongings to fit our new space. Here are […]

Sep, 15

Thanksgiving in a construction site

Our goal was to move into the house by Thanksgiving and host family. Since we had given notice at the apartment, moving by the end of November is imperative. With construction delays, we’ve missed our […]

Nov, 23


The oak staircase has been completed. It combines open treads at the bottom with cascading steps at the top. The metal stingers were produced by Lawrence LaBianca of San Francisco. Lawrence is currently producing the metal […]

Nov, 18

Kitchen and downstairs bath

The kitchen is finally complete! Although modern, the kitchen is in keeping with the spirit of the house. An oak shelf was installed in the place of cabinets above the sink making the space informal and […]

Nov, 16

Kitchen installation

White IKEA kitchen cabinets have been installed. The light grey quartz countertops are Cinder. The backsplash tile are from the overstock sale section of Heath Ceramics of Sausalito, CA.

Nov, 10

Wood flooring

We’ve been looking at flooring for some time and finally found exactly what we were looking for – a 7″ wide white oak flooring at a reduced price at Tulip Hardwood Floors in Berkeley, CA. […]

Oct, 30

Choosing paint colors

Choosing paint colors was quite an ordeal. When we started looking at colors, we realized so much was at play: The beams and tongue and groove ceiling paneling run inside and outside the house. The […]

Sep, 20

Radiant Heating

Since our furnace was on it’s last legs and needed to be replaced, we’ve decided to go with radiant heating instead of purchasing a new furnace. Radiant heating is a bit more efficient and will […]

Aug, 25

Fireplace replacement

The existing wood burning fireplace which is original to the house, is not to code for EPA standards and needs to be replaced. In searching for a replacement, we found a similar fireplace at Malm Fireplace in […]

Aug, 10

Bedroom Terrace Renovation and Replacement

The existing terrace off the bedroom was rotten and needed to be replaced. The flooring and railing was replaced with redwood decking. Additionally, the tar and gravel flooring below the deck was replaced. We’ve replaced […]

Jul, 25

Drywall Insulation

All the framing has been completed, the walls have been insulated and the drywall is up. We are finally making progress!

Jul, 20


We’re installing radiant heating and removed the furnace. As the vent for the furnace has left a huge hole in the center of the upstairs hallway, we’ve installed a skylight. It looks better than we […]

Jul, 10


Required by the state of California for new construction and by the County of Marin for renovation, we’ve had to install sprinklers though out the house. Now, the house will be ready to pass inspection. […]

Jul, 01

Reinforcement of the back porch

A poor addition at the back of the house was not reinforced and very unstable. Our contractor braced the addition with new supporting beams and concrete footing. Comparing the before and after is a bit […]

Jun, 22

Stairs – Construction

The new stairs are in place and the main room feels much more open. The new window bank brings in so much light to house.

Jun, 15

Downstairs – Demolition and Constuction

The demolition downstairs involves opening up the space by moving the bathroom from the main room, moving the kitchen and building a new and open staircase.        

Jun, 07

Upstairs – Demolition and Construction

What’s known as a demolition is really an excavation. It’s a time when you find how well things were built, how good or bad past renovations have been done, if there is insulation and where, […]

Jun, 05


We’ve gone back and forth with our contractor on budget and what’s appropriate for us and the house. One of the items that we’ve been deciding on is the flooring for the back room and […]

May, 30


We’ve spent quite a bit of time searching for lighting and have purchased the following: Outdoor Lighting Remcraft’s ‘Retro’ series is period appropriate, streamlined and are available as fluorescent – a requirement for outdoor lighting […]

May, 20

Choosing Finishes

From the beginning of this project, we knew we wanted to use a simple pallet of colors and materials. Our goal is to keep the house as a simple back drop to the views of […]

May, 11


It’s taken a few months to get our permits through the city and even though we aren’t changing the footprint or changing any exterior walls, it’s taken 3 months to get the permit to start […]

Apr, 30


With input from our friends, who are Interior Designers and Architects, as well as consulting with our contractor, our renovation will include the following: Rebuild the upper floor where the non-permitted renovation was structurally impacting the […]

Feb, 19

Scope of work

We’ve owned the house now a few months but had decided before purchasing it that we would stay in our apartment in San Francisco and make some renovations to the house before moving in. Our […]

Feb, 10

Before Renovations

We purchased this house from the third owner who had bought it in 1980. Besides rebuilding the deck when she first moved in and replacing the roof in the mid ’90s, she made no other […]

Jan, 20

Starting Point

Upon first seeing our house, we were taken by it’s charm and setting. Was it a love story? Well, actually, it was; our love for the house was based on what the house use to […]

Jan, 10