Yes, it’s a Craftsman!
We recently completed restoration on this classic Crafstman-style bungalow facing Carroll Park in East Long Beach. The owner wanted to preserve the original hardwood flooring, paneling and built-ins while returning the 100-year-old structure to its original beauty.
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The flooring is original 3/8″ by 2″ maple. Shown here: The large railroad rooms – Living room, formal dining room & sun porch.
Front office area showing original built ins
This staircase is an example of the typical attention to detail in the house.
The paneling was in great shape. All the more reason to make the original floors look their very best.
Staircase with runner removed, showing discoloration and scarring.
Upper kitchen area. House was at one time duplex. We find scars and evidence of multiple use.
“Salvage room,” where we will get our patch materials. Floor size 3/8 by 2 inch maple.
“Salvage room.” Half the floor is missing. We will sacrifice to use as patch wood elsewhere in the house.
We start removal of the shoe mouldings to refinish for reuse. Buffing the materials to get old paint and wax .
The old house at Rancho Los Cerritos, built by John Temple in 1844 and extensively renovated in 1931, was opened as a museum in 1955 and designated a State Historic Landmark in 1988.
Because of our long experience in dealing with this type of delicate antique structure, Luke Hiller Inc. was contracted to restore the hardwood flooring and cabinetry in the home’s library.
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The Rancho today
Preparing to work in this precious environment
Built-in chest, original finish is fading
The work in progress
Fine detail work
The decision is made to remove the bookshelf doors
Built-in chest, finished
Closeup of original flooring
After 85 years the floor has lost its original beauty
Preparing the floor for restoration
The floor brought back to life
The finished libray
From time to time we’ll be showing you our work on various interesting or especially challenging projects. In this job, our task was preservation: expose the embossed concrete floor in the iconic 1924 Carlyle-Nibley Packard automobile showroom in downtown Long Beach, while preserving the original look. We think it came out pretty well.
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Here’s the building today, 2016
The original showroom floor: 90-year-old concrete
After 90 years, the floor has seen better days
First we scrape the buildup of adhesives and float…
…setting the scraper angle so as not to damage the floor
To preserve the decorative hand-made reliefs, we do some hand work of our own
Once all the gunk is removed, the polishing begins
Polished, sealed and preserved
After just six days, ready for furnishing!