Progress three ways!

A few updates on Pershing to kick off the week…


The geothermal pipes are in! The wells will be drilled soon…more later on that! This photo was taken from what will soon be our new utility room looking west toward the kitchen and our back door.


The old stairs have been removed to make way for the new switch back stairs that will provide access to the second floor. This photo was taken from the vantage point of the new side entry front door looking east. The room at the end will serve as our conference room. In case we have not said this before, the ceiling height on the first floor is nearly eleven feet!


The upstairs walls are down and the space has opened up! For the most part, the top floor will be without walls, less the minor walls that will partially wrap the stair opening. The lion’s share of the architectural detailing will be entirely overhead where we have removed as much framing as possible, but are still left with lots of beams and bracing. In the photo below you will note that we are utilizing two ceiling heights. The fantastic two Toms at Cohen Architecture have devised a platform that will float nine feet off the floor giving us storage space above. On either side of the platform, the ceiling jumps up to twelve feet offering us a great open studio space.


In a few days we’ll tell you about the two matching neon signs that we found in the attic. They’ve been restored, less a little accident…more later on that. Have a great week!


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  1. 2 July 2012, 11:00 pm Tom

    Looking good Deanna! Can you tell us more about your geothermal? Where will you drill? And I don’t know how many architect-y types are reading your blog, but can you post some plans? I feel lost until I see some drawings!

  2. 3 July 2012, 12:14 am Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

    Thanks Tom! Give me a day or so to get more specific on the geothermal. I believe they are drilling the wells on the southwest corner of the property but I’ll find out more and report back! Our plans are super simple, but that is a great idea…I’ll post some drawings soon! Thanks for the feedback!

    • 5 July 2012, 2:21 pm Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

      Hello Tom!
      I have a bit more info on the geothermal…based on usage calculations, our project requires six wells. They will be drilled nearly 400 feet into the earth on the west side of the property (through our parking lot). As for plans…We’ll make that our next blog post! Thanks for the idea!! Have a great weekend and stay cool!

  3. 9 July 2012, 11:36 pm Matthew Porter

    You cannot tell me that that platform will hold all your extra junk. No way. You will still have to rent a mini storage unit… or get really methodical about editing the old stuff. Thank god for cloud storage in these modern times.

    • 10 July 2012, 10:23 pm Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

      I think the older you get the better editor you become…that’s the hope anyway!!!