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1908 Historical Craftsman Home in Pasadena, CA

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Our clients came to us for our expertise and experience with historical architecture that is iconic in American culture and Southern California’s style.

This beautiful American Craftsman home in Pasadena, CA is over 100 years old and was in need of some TLC which our team carefully provided over weeks of preparation, expertise, and execution of the needs our client brought to us.

If you want to see and understand our residential process, this project and the images from it are for you. This project included restoring and painting the 5,847 square foot wood shake home, guest house, and a detached garage. One of the unique elements of historic American-style Craftsman homes is their sturdy bottoms that taper to the top. They often have intricate details like exposed rafter tails, wood details, large covered front porches, tapered columns, low pitched rooflines, and single protruding dormers.

For some painters, the details of a Craftsman home painting project are daunting and unattainable -- but our team is experienced in handling the toughest projects. The homeowner viewed three other houses that the Partnership Painting team had restored in their neighborhood and called to set up an appointment with Brad and Scott. Partnership Painting owners Brad and Scott met with the client, and the homeowner expressed some concern about the condition of the home, especially the wood and some areas of dry rot along with other damage.

This type of work is not new to Partnership Painting so we shared a few options with the client based on previous work and described our process of preparation and restoring the wood beams. The house was previously painted ten years ago so every inch of this home (wood shake, windows, doors, trim, etc.) had to be inspected, scraped, sanded, and patched where necessary. There were several areas where our team replaced 1x8 wood boards because of pre-existing dry rot.

To provide further context for the magnitude of this job, preparation took three (3) weeks and it took eight (8) weeks to finish the prime and paint. Attention to detail is key and is provided to every client we work with. One area that needed special attention was the arbor over the front porch. Fortunately, it was only aesthetical damage, so, Partnership did not have to have to replace any wood beams but could use Abatron wood epoxy. The house has unique wood beams (see images) that needed to be molded and restored. This took some extra time but afforded massive savings vs. having to have wood custom milled and replaced.

When we use Abatron wood epoxy, we take great care to make it look better than the original, which takes skill and saves our clients money. Sometimes our team is faced with an unexpected issue after a job has started. In this case, we removed a 1x3 piece of roof molding trim around the house that was previously added to hide the coving of the asphalt roofing. After removing, we decided, with the owner's approval, not to put back the wood trim as the water was collecting behind the board and was, over time, causing the trim board to rot out.

We fixed the problem by sanding, priming, patching, and using the aforementioned Abatron wood epoxy with brown caulk to seal the areas where the roofing material tied into the wood ceiling and wood beams. We painted the curved roofing material the dark brown color, which now blends in for a cleaner look. When we were wrapping up the job, we pressure-washed the roof to remove any debris and dirt that had accumulated in some of the corners.

Restoring this home is an excellent example of many projects we complete, where the homeowner is highly engaged and involved with our team. We can all witness the transformation -- it’s truly unique!

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Partnership Painting company has been a godsend to me. I have a very nice heavy hardwood double doors that a previous painter some 4 years ago had messed up. They used to be stained and varnished. The previous painters used actual paint mixed with varnish and ruined the look of my doors, which had recently started to bubble up and peel. Partnership Painting was the only company that was willing to strip the paint, re-stain and varnish my hardwood doors. It was a very messy job and took almost four days to get the job done. But it was so worth it because my doors look stunning now, with the beautiful grain of the wood exposed by the stain and varnish. The team leader Rene who worked on my project was terrific. And his partner Edgar was good too, a very fast and hard worker. There was only one mishap on my project when Edgar failed to install one of the door seals properly and ended up gouging the door sill. It showed the lack of experience on Edgar's part and I hope he learned from the mishap. My one recommendation to Rene, the team lead, would be for him to assign tasks to his co-worker only after explaining to him how the work should be performed and what to watch out for. I would highly recommend Partnership Painting. They are pretty pricey, but you get what you pay for, and with Partnership Painting you get the best of the best.
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I have never worked with a painting company that delivered what they said they would until I hired Partnership Painting. Top notch painters hands done! Attention to detail - clean lines and no drip marks anywhere! Unbelievable job with impeccable service. Left no mess and did an outstanding job! Will definitely be using this company for future paint jobs.
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Very happy with the service we received on the exterior of our home. The employees showed up on time, were professional and worked through the day taking minimal breaks. We also appreciated the job taking a couple extra days, because We felt they were promoting quality work vs. being in a rush to finish! We highly recommend Partnership Painting and would definitely use them in the future!
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