The Kuppersmith Project 10: Lattice & Garage

Danny Lipford standing in front of latticework on the Kuppersmith Project house

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There are lots of details that have to be addressed when tackling a major renovation like the Kuppersmith Project house. Here’s how we tackled everything from latticework to lawn irrigation.

Stove Vent Hood

Installing Broan range hood

In the kitchen, a glass tile backsplash was applied to the wall behind the stove. Once the tile was in place, the contemporary styled Broan range hood was installed over the stove.

After the heart pine floors had been stained, several coats of sealer were applied to protect the surface and give the floors a beautiful finished look.

Breezeway Lattice

To allow the homeowners privacy on the breezeway leading from the house to the garage, wood latticework was installed on the side facing the street. Rather than using prefabricated lattice panels, we custom made our own latticework from strips of cypress lumber.

Installing latticework on breezeway

While making custom lattice was more labor intensive, it eliminated the seams in prefab panels, and allowed the lattice door to blend perfectly with the latticework around it.

The horizontal strips of lattice went up first, with a scrap of lattice used as a spacer between each strip. Vertical strips were then nailed to the horizontal lattice, to tie everything together.

Lawn Irrigation System

PVC pipes for lawn irrigation routed into manifoldA gas powered trencher was used to dig the trenches for the irrigation system in the yard. Plastic PVC pipe was used for the water lines in the irrigation system, with each sprinkler head attached to the supply line by a flexible pipe.

The water lines for each irrigation zone in the yard were attached to a central manifold. The valve for each zone is controlled by a low voltage electrical signal from a control panel mounted on the house.

Before digging in your yard, always call the utility company to check for any buried pipes or lines in your yard.

Brick Wing Wall

To blend the 1926 house in with the master bedroom addition, a brick wing wall was built that matched one on the existing house.

Installing cast stone cap on brick wing wall

A cast stone accent cap for the wall was constructed using a form which was filled with concrete. The cap was then secured to the wing wall with construction adhesive.

Crawlspace Access Door

Installing steel mesh crawlspace access doorTo provide access to the crawlspace under the house, a steel frame with hinged door was made to size, then screwed to the opening in the foundation wall.

To protect the steel from rust, the door and frame were primed using Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Primer, followed by several coats of Universal All-Surface Paint to matched the trim and cast iron foundation vents.

The crawlspace door also provides access to collection containers for the recycling chutes which were built into the kitchen cabinets using PVC drain pipe.

Garage Storage

To take advantage of the storage space in the two car garage, a GearTrack® wall mounting system from Gladiator GarageWorks was installed.

Hanging storage cabinet in track on garage

The double channel tracks are mounted on the wall to allow easy installation and adjustment of hanging cabinets and specialized storage components.

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