Project Precita

Check out this totally cool house in San Francisco. Since my taste is more around the contemporary/modern/industrial/whatever-you-want-to-call-it, this house really appeals to me. The use if scrap airplane parts is a nice feature. I also like the way they used outdoor fixtures, like the light switches, indoors.

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17 Replies to “Project Precita”

  1. Although this is very cool, I can’t help but think it would look much better if it were recessed in the wall a little (or at least flush), and it ran the full length of whichever wall or nook you put it on. Then it would look like you’ve got the entire aircraft hiding behind the wall somewhere…

  2. Graememc, I had much the same thought, originally. I actually encouraged our architect to somehow incorporate a piece of fuselage into the structure of the house when we first met with her. (The fact that she didn’t immediately run for the door told me that she was the right architect for us.)

    Anyhow, long story short, doing all that would have been VERY expensive. I was also concerned that it would be limiting in the long term (if ever we decide that we want to redecorate, move, sell the house, etc.)

    Flush mounting was a possibility, but I think it’s more fun this way, because you can see the depth, and the underlying structure, as you approach it from different angles.

    One thing I’m enjoying, as I watch people interact with this, is how uneasy folks become when they see what an airliner looks like beneath the skin — how it’s constructed — for the first time. Just a few aluminum ribs, some sheet aluminum, and a bunch of rivets. You can almost see the thought registering in their minds: "Wait, I’m entrusting my life to *this*?"

    I’d miss out on that if the structure was buried in the wall.

  3. You mean the lights behind the 707, sir? That’s just 19′ of standard-issue rope lights, like the cheap ones sold at Home Depot. You can see them exposed in this view. I didn’t expect such an inexpensive solution to work so well, but it turns out to be perfect, in terms of keeping the illumination within the fame of the piece.

    In our kitchen alcoves, however, we used 12 volt LED strip lights that were originally designed for use on big trucks. They turned out to be MUCH cheaper than the architectural LED strips I saw elsewhere. Here’s the manufacturer.

  4. Hi I’m heading to Tuscon in July to aquire some aircraft memorobilia and have a couple of questions. Do the scrapyard guys mind you wandering around just looking for stuff? How did you organise freight back to SF? Was it shipped ‘as is’ or crated? How did you strip all of the paint off without damaging the aluminium? In your Jet Set Ruins photos what scrapyard(s) were the propellers and ejector seats in?

  5. I’m jealous. The gents at National Aircraft, where this came from in Tuscon, were very accommodating, once I made it clear that I really intended to buy something. Call in advance for best results. They took care of the shipping, and it arrived crated in heavy cardboard. I stripped the paint using an aluminum stripper called "Aircraft Remover," sold at many auto body supply stores. And lastly (lucky you!), both the propellers and the ejector seats are all located at National, in Tucson.

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