Archive for May 2013

Deck Refinishing Done Properly

How many times have you looked at your wood deck and think, “It sure has lost its beauty over the years” and, “It will never look good again”. Well take a look at these  pictures and what I have to say, because with just a little consistent attention to deck refinishing and maintenance, your wood deck can be a showpiece.

deck refinished with translucent oil

Many people just forget about their deck until it is to a point where they think it is hopeless….but fear not! Surfaces that look long gone can be brought back to life with an oxygen based bleach and a good scrubbing or a very careful power wash (sometimes called a pressure wash or water blast) by a skilled technician.

Another approach to deck refinishing preparation is to set all the nails beneath the surface and then sand the deck to rejuvenate the surface and smooth out any uneven surfaces. The deck finish chosen is critical not only to the beauty and durability but also to the ease of re-coating. If you choose the correct stain then refinishing on a schedule is quite easy. Be careful of ratings given in consumer magazines as to which is the best. They do not consider the cost and process of preparation required to do the re coating in a few years….sure the “top rated” product may last longer, but when you go to re coat  you must fully strip it each time to get an even transparent look. It is best to rely upon the recommendations of a specialty deck supplier or your contractor with lots of experience maintaining decks.

We prefer a true oil penetrating translucent stain (like TWP, Cabots Australian Timber oil, SuperDeck, Penofin or Azko Nobel Sikkens/Cetol) because no matter how many coats you put on over the years all these products keep their transparency while giving the wood an even tint, even in high use areas. We find that softer woods like cedar and redwood will need re coating every 2-3 years depending on exposure while harder woods like Ipa  and teak and other very hard woods need to be coated probably every 1 1/2 years as they are not very porous. Again it is important to rely on an experienced contractor to help you choose the right product for your deck and its maintenance over the long haul. Remember, you can avoid the heavy preparation required when a wood deck gets very heavily weathered by implementing regular maintenance with a light cleaning and re coat  Here’s to you enjoying your beautiful wood again!

Darlington House Gets a Facelift

The Darlington House is a beautiful large home owned by the Social Service league of La Jolla whose mission it is to provide meals and housing support for seniors who have lived and worked in the area. Revenue from special events at Darlington House are used to support the League House next door. My mother Ellen was a active member for many years. In 1968 the League purchased the estate sized home from Mrs. Sybil Darlington and turned the mansion on 7448 Olivetas Street into super special location for weddings and receptions venue. As a natter a fact, our sister Elizabeth (Wig) was married here!  

We have had the pleasure of painting both the interior and exterior of this fine historic structure over the past  30 years. Folks call us when they are looking for a house painter from La Jolla that they can trust; whether it is interior painting or exterior painting. Owner, John Peek, grew up in La Jolla attending local schools and has close ties in the community. John presently serves on the board of directors of the La Jolla Historical Society.

La Jolla Athenaeum Makeover

Many of our younger or newer residents do not know that the portion of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library building on the corner of Wall and Girard was once our community book library. This beautiful structure was designed by William Templeton Johnson and built in 1921 to take the place of La Jolla’s original Reading Room that was built in 1898 on Girard and Wall.  Way back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, when attended Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School, I would ride my bike over after school and use the library as a quiet place to study and read. There is nothing like the smell of books in an old building to make one feel studious!

 By 1989 library use had increased to the point that  the new La Jolla Public Library was built over on Draper Avenue with major donors being Francis Riford and Joan and Irwin Jacobs. The Athenaeum

Athenaeum is “adopted” by Peek Brothers

Back in 2010, I was driving “my” old library and noticed that the paint was peeling in several areas. I could not let this continue and so I contacted the director, Erika Torri, and asked if  Peek Brothers could “adopt” the building exterior and re-paint it . With our donated labor and material, we were glad to get it back to its former glory! It was quite a chore though….as we started to wash the stucco, all the paint from years of maintenance came off down to raw stucco in many areas. What started as a touch up ended up as a full restoration of the plaster and stucco surfaces. After extensive patching; we fully primed and then applied two coats of elastomeric coating to smooth out the look. It gives me great pleasure to drive by “my library” and enjoy its beauty and remember all the great books I have read there over the years. I hope you will enjoy it to!

 

St. James by the Sea gets a Makeover!

St. James by the Sea, on Prospect Street in La Jolla, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful churches architecturally, but it is also enjoys one of the most idyllic spots on our beautiful La Jolla coastline. The building sits on property once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps. Ms. Scripps, who lived across the street, deeded the property to the episcopal congregation in the early part of the 20th century. In 2012, during a general clean up of files at St. James, the original deed to the property was found! To insure the documents safety for years to come, it was presented to the La Jolla Historical Society for safekeeping in the Society’s climate controlled archive building across the way.

St. James by the Sea

St. James by the Sea

A Family Gathering Place

This church is special to my heart as the Peek family has experienced many family events here. My father Tom Peek began attending here in 1940 when his family moved to La Jolla after his graduation from High school in St. Louis. My cousin Nancy Feehan Wilson, who serves on the vestry, was married there and we have christened many a new addition to the family and gathered to say farewell  over the years for those we have loved.

You may notice a beautiful bench out in the front by the fountain and grass area. That bench was commissioned by my father, Tom, to commemorate all our love for his wife and our mom, Ellen. My younger brother Bob Peek, who is an accomplished artist designed the bench and had it cast in Salt Lake City.  The back of the bench has 9 slats that represent Tom and Ellen along with us seven children; the seat has 17 slats which represent their 17 grandchildren. The design is quite comfortable to sit in and remember those whose ashes are in the grass triangle memorial garden.

We have been pleased, over the years, to have the opportunity to paint both the exterior and interior of the sanctuary and maintain the varnish work on the gorgeous heavy oak doors. On a building of this age, you can imagine the amount of prep that goes into it! Stucco repairs, rotted wood that needed replacement or repair with epoxy fillers not to mention the many coats of varnish!. But it is a labor of love when you are painting to maintain a building that has provided such a loving home for family and friends over the years.

St. James Hall Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Did you know that this beautiful structure was once the local USO? Back in the 1940’s the military realized they needed a place for the young men serving up at Camp Callan and the local community to meet socially. I wonder how many young couples got their start here at 776 Eads?

The building was purchased by St. James by the Sea and was used for many years for church activities such as youth group, receptions and the famous “White Elephant” sale that La Jollans still look forward to each year!

  • A visit to the jobsite by Stacy Peek and newly born Brendan Spring 1986
I have particularly fond memories of this structure. I helped my mom, Ellen, back when she chaired the White Elephant sale….she would often ask: “Honey, would you mind going over to so and so’s house and picking up a sofa for me sweetheart”. I built up a lot of muscle due to that annual sale! We also used to have a huge youth group meeting in the main room every Wednesday night with lots of spaghetti and then discussions…it was the best!  We even celebrated my parents (Tom and Ellen Peek) 50th wedding anniversary with 200 people here.

We painted it in 1986, back when it still had the original siding and windows from when built. Sometime in the 1990’s the structure was extensively updated inside and out. We got the fun project of re-painting the remodeled structure in 2007,  both inside and out, to give it a fresh new look it has today.

Recently around 2010, the facility was leased by the church to an event coordinator who named it “The Cuvier Club” to service weddings and other receptions.