Reclaiming An OUTDOOR LIVING Space
We finally have a place where our kids can safely run around outside, a place to entertain our family and friends, and best of all we can just lazily sit around and enjoy the view of nature from inside or outside of the house.
Being three floors up provides the company of the trees, but having a stable platform to stand on is critical. Prior to the renovation, the existing balcony was so unstable that the patio doors were blocked to ensure that no one would accidentally step outside and fall through. The street side of the house had an area that was wide open to the adjacent road, making it also unsafe for children. Raully Jones Construction created the foundation and support structure for a large wrap-around outdoor living space that was installed by a partner deck design company. Raully Jones Construction also replaced and enlarged all of the exterior doors and windows to create a feeling of being up in the trees no matter where you are in the home. A yard and protective fence were installed in the front of the home, where the children can also now safely play.
WINDOWS To The Woods
We looked for a place to call our home for two years before making the decision to move into our childhood home… The Tree House is situated on a mountain side in Marin among very old and tall Redwoods.
This home has three levels, with the top floor being the main area, a family room in the middle, and an office on the lower ground level overlooking a seasonal creek. To bring the wooded area into the home, Raully Jones Construction increased the size of the windows, put on new siding, and worked with the owner to paint and install lighting that softened the interior, bringing your eye to the outdoors.
We used DNM Architecture, Raully Jones and Clough Construction for the second part of our project. They all worked seamlessly together…after many, many, many months of decisions and construction The Treehouse is a dream come true.
Raully Jones Construction is unique in that we can provide full-service home renovation with the collaboration of our partners. This home had been partially renovated prior to the start of our work, and because of the extensive structural repairs that were needed, we wanted to ensure that the finished product was visually seamless. We worked closely with the client to integrate the colors, textures, wood and wood finishings. We ask our clients, “What is your dream home?”, and then we make that dream come true. Our work is not just structural, but we also ensure that the design and visual aspects of a remodel come together. We installed new lighting in the kitchen, light fixtures, and more. We are creating a space for you to live in that you love, and that is our measure of success.
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My husband, Gerald and I met in Chicago. Gerald being from Marin wanted to go back to his roots around 2013. Marin County is a very special place. It is becoming far from a hidden gem and has a very competitive real estate market.
We looked for a place to call our home for two years before making the decision to move into my husband’s childhood home which we will call, The Tree House. We saw a lot of nice homes but there was always something missing, the yard was too small, walls in places they shouldn’t be, or there would just be entirely way too much work to do to make the potential new home remotely what we consider livable. In Marin you run into a lot of homes that need a lot of work.
The Tree House is situated on a mountain side in Marin among very old and tall Redwoods. Though what makes the Tree House special is it had something that all the other homes didn’t, sentimental value.
With that being said, it has been 3 years of a labor of love to make The Tree House our house. The home was always well cared for but it had never been renovated since it was built, which was in the 1970’s. The first round of remodel included the floors, kitchen, bathrooms, making some wall openings larger and adding a whole bedroom.
Round two, which has been the most life-changing included refacing the fireplace, foundation work to add a bathroom and interior staircase to the new bedroom, new windows and sliders on the main level, replacing and adding decks and creating a whole new fenced in the front yard. The process for round two took over a year of planning and a year of actual work. We (and when I say we, I mean, a dog, two kids under the age of 5 and two adults) lived in the house while waiting for the design and construction process to be completed for round two.
Even though the inside of the home was new and remodeled the outside was dangerous and unusable. The front was a carport and led straight to a busy street and the old deck literally had gaping holes that a fairly large man could easily fall through. Basically, the outside of our home was the worst nightmare for parents of young children.
When we decided to do new windows and sliders for the main level it wasn’t just because the old aluminum windows weren’t energy efficient and they had a bad purple tint, but we wanted to make sure we could take full advantage of the view of the trees from both inside and out.
For the second round of our project we had a whole new crew of people due to the magnitude of the project. Marin not only has some of the strictest building codes but our main and largest deck is 25ft up in the air in the middle of redwoods. We used DNM Architecture, Raully Jones and Clough Construction for the second part of our project. They all worked seamlessly together and were truly amazing people. We saw Raully Jones and his crew pretty much everyday for a year, so myself and my family became very familiar with him and his crew, we shared stories of our lives, jokes, tears and maybe a few meltdowns (from myself and my husband, Raully always kept it professional).
Now that we have completed construction for round two, we finally have a place where our kids can safely run around outside, and a place to entertain our family and friends, but best of all we can just lazily sit around and enjoy the view of nature from inside or outside of the house. After many, many, many months of decisions and construction The Treehouse is a dream come true.