PROJECT NOTES  10 SHRATTON AVE. SAN CARLOS  This was my second spec house. I’d built the first on the lot next door in 1973. I  spent the next three years doing a couple of custom homes up in the woods off Skyline   and several smaller room addition projects around the area. When it came time to do   this house I went back to the same architect whom I had design the first one. This was a   bit of a mistake. He’s a great designer, but by this time I had begun to really develop an   interest in doing my own design work. We butted heads somewhat on the project   though in the end it became a fairly coherent combination of both our points of view.   The house is high in the San Carlos hills on a quiet side street off Club Drive. The  views are spectacular. The original design called for just the two top floors with all of the   space below, in the jackstuds, as lost. I insisted upon finishing those spaces which gave   the house a 3rd bedroom, full bath, large family room and wine celler. The two decks, off   the living room and master bedroom, were also additions to the original design. It made   no sense to me to have that view and not take full advantage of it. The home has now   been lived in for many years and has undergone several remodels. I’ve not shown any   of the current bathrooms, kitchen, or patio details as they have been remodeled and   are no longer my work.   My mother referred to this house as my PHD in construction. It was somewhat  like that as I was on site everyday pouring concrete, framing, altering designs, dealing   with the building inspectors. Every piece of redwood paneling on the interiors was hand   selected by me, sealed with Watco Marine Teak Oil, and then installed. My mother and I   set all of the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. It was not only a business project, it   became a real bonding experience with my mom.   I did a rather odd window seat on the top floor. I had made a custom 6’x6’  plexiglas bubble skylight from O’Keffee’s in San Francisco. I used it on the side of the   house rather than the roof and then I built a seat of old growth redwood so that you are   able to sit in the bubble and watch the view.   The entire house is overbuilt. The design called for 2x6 jackstuds up to the first,  designed, floor and then 2x4 wall studs in the living spaces. By the time we had reached   that point in the framing I decided that for strength, extra insulation, and appearance I   would continue to use the 2x6s instead. It makes the window ledges deeper, and the   house more rigid. The extra insulation value has probably paid back the minimal   additional lumber cost many times over.   I also overbuilt the garage and carport. I had just gotten into golf at that time and  I had an idea of putting a putting green on the 22‘x30’ roofs of those spaces. I fancied   the idea of having a private putting green with a breathtaking view of the Bay Area.   However the money wasn’t there and I was trying to sell the house not live in it. I still   think about how cool it would have been though.    
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 PROJECT NOTES  10 SHRATTON AVE. SAN CARLOS  This was my second spec house. I’d built the first on the lot next door in 1973. I  spent the next three years doing a couple of custom homes up in the woods off Skyline   and several smaller room addition projects around the area. When it came time to do   this house I went back to the same architect whom I had design the first one. This was a   bit of a mistake. He’s a great designer, but by this time I had begun to really develop an   interest in doing my own design work. We butted heads somewhat on the project   though in the end it became a fairly coherent combination of both our points of view.   The house is high in the San Carlos hills on a quiet side street off Club Drive. The  views are spectacular. The original design called for just the two top floors with all of the   space below, in the jackstuds, as lost. I insisted upon finishing those spaces which gave   the house a 3rd bedroom, full bath, large family room and wine celler. The two decks, off   the living room and master bedroom, were also additions to the original design. It made   no sense to me to have that view and not take full advantage of it. The home has now   been lived in for many years and has undergone several remodels. I’ve not shown any   of the current bathrooms, kitchen, or patio details as they have been remodeled and   are no longer my work.   My mother referred to this house as my PHD in construction. It was somewhat  like that as I was on site everyday pouring concrete, framing, altering designs, dealing   with the building inspectors. Every piece of redwood paneling on the interiors was hand   selected by me, sealed with Watco Marine Teak Oil, and then installed. My mother and I   set all of the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. It was not only a business project, it   became a real bonding experience with my mom.   I did a rather odd window seat on the top floor. I had made a custom 6’x6’  plexiglas bubble skylight from O’Keffee’s in San Francisco. I used it on the side of the   house rather than the roof and then I built a seat of old growth redwood so that you are   able to sit in the bubble and watch the view.   The entire house is overbuilt. The design called for 2x6 jackstuds up to the first,  designed, floor and then 2x4 wall studs in the living spaces. By the time we had reached   that point in the framing I decided that for strength, extra insulation, and appearance I   would continue to use the 2x6s instead. It makes the window ledges deeper, and the   house more rigid. The extra insulation value has probably paid back the minimal   additional lumber cost many times over.   I also overbuilt the garage and carport. I had just gotten into golf at that time and  I had an idea of putting a putting green on the 22‘x30’ roofs of those spaces. I fancied   the idea of having a private putting green with a breathtaking view of the Bay Area.   However the money wasn’t there and I was trying to sell the house not live in it. I still   think about how cool it would have been though.    
PROJECT NOTES10 SHRATTON AVE. SAN CARLOSThis was my second spec house. I’d built the first on the lot next door in 1973. I spent the next three years doing a couple of custom homes up in the woods off Skyline and several smaller room addition projects around the area. When it came time to do this house I went back to the same architect whom I had design the first one. This was a bit of a mistake. He’s a great designer, but by this time I had begun to really develop an interest in doing my own design work. We butted heads somewhat on the project though in the end it became a fairly coherent combination of both our points of view.The house is high in the San Carlos hills on a quiet side street off Club Drive. The views are spectacular. The original design called for just the two top floors with all of the space below, in the jackstuds, as lost. I insisted upon finishing those spaces which gave the house a 3rd bedroom, full bath, large family room and wine celler. The two decks, off the living room and master bedroom, were also additions to the original design. It made no sense to me to have that view and not take full advantage of it. The home has now been lived in for many years and has undergone several remodels. I’ve not shown any of the current bathrooms, kitchen, or patio details as they have been remodeled and are no longer my work.My mother referred to this house as my PHD in construction. It was somewhat like that as I was on site everyday pouring concrete, framing, altering designs, dealing with the building inspectors. Every piece of redwood paneling on the interiors was hand selected by me, sealed with Watco Marine Teak Oil, and then installed. My mother and I set all of the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. It was not only a business project, it became a real bonding experience with my mom.I did a rather odd window seat on the top floor. I had made a custom 6’x6’ plexiglas bubble skylight from O’Keffee’s in San Francisco. I used it on the side of the house rather than the roof and then I built a seat of old growth redwood so that you are able to sit in the bubble and watch the view.The entire house is overbuilt. The design called for 2x6 jackstuds up to the first, designed, floor and then 2x4 wall studs in the living spaces. By the time we had reached that point in the framing I decided that for strength, extra insulation, and appearance I would continue to use the 2x6s instead. It makes the window ledges deeper, and the house more rigid. The extra insulation value has probably paid back the minimal additional lumber cost many times over.I also overbuilt the garage and carport. I had just gotten into golf at that time and I had an idea of putting a putting green on the 22‘x30’ roofs of those spaces. I fancied the idea of having a private putting green with a breathtaking view of the Bay Area. However the money wasn’t there and I was trying to sell the house not live in it. I still think about how cool it would have been though. 
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMdiningroom.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMkitchen.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMbedroom1.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMfamilyroom.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMbedroom.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMmasterbedroom.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMmasterbedroomdeck.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMgarage.jpg
10_shratton_ave_MLS_HID657879_ROOMMainExterior.jpg
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