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XYLO Interiors is fabricating this trestle table for my Rockridge cottage project out of the fir framing wood salvaged from the cottage during the remodel. It’s looking good! (See progress photos below sent from the shop)

 

 

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Complex cabinetry coming together in a Rockridge Cottage

Roof framing in Temescal speeding along in advance of the forecasted rain

 

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This very small house in South Berkeley just sold. I remodelled it and added a small additon back in 2012.  The realtor, ABIO Properties,  and photographer Peter Lyons generously shared their photos with me.

I was very proud of the solution I came up with on a very tight budget to add a second bedroom in existing space and a big living room at the back  This way the bedrooms both were close to the bathroom and the living area at the back got a great connection to the garden.

Berkeley Craftsman managed to skillfully execute the design within the budget.

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NEW FLOOR PLAN

I was also excited about the subtle art deco stucco details.

I didn’t invent this stucco window detail. I copied it from a few 1920s houses in Berkeley, but I was quite pleased with its enhancement of what was a very plain front façade. The window sill is clear cedar stained dark.

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We did something similar at the back around the 8′ wide glass doors One simple detail goes a long way on a small house

You can see more shots and the interior on Zillow. 

 

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Steve Coleman is installing the big cedar roof trusses on our North Oakland project this week.

Dover Trusses

I returned to see more of the roof framing. Very exciting!

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The little supervisor enjoys the view from the new second floor

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These are the clear cedar bottom chords for the last two big trusses. very pretty.

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I am pleased with the way this bathroom is turning out!

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Photo by Alex Wein

Recycled glass and ceramic tile from Fireclay.

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This was a dated Spanish Eclectic house with minimal connection to the yard and lots of little rooms. We tore out most of the walls on the main floor. This required adding a steel moment frame that we left exposed, finished with gun-blue and wax. Living room, dining room, and kitchen flow together and all enjoy a view out big doors to the deck and yard.  The owners exercised a lot of restraint in their selection of interior finishes and materials.  Upstairs we added an open plan, light-filled master suite with vaulted ceiling and updated the other bathroom and bedrooms. A radiant heating system in the floor was added throughout.    Now it’s time to fill the white walls with art and break it in!

Built by Accolade Construction, Engineering: AJ Miller & Associates,

Photos by Open Homes Photography

Avila Front

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Before Shot

Avila Foyer Big

Entry Hall

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Living/ Dining

Avila Great Room Big

View through main floor

Avila Kitchen Big

Kitchen

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Kitchen

Avila Master Suite

MAster Bath

Avila MAster Bedroom

MAster Bedroom

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Master Suite

Avila Master Bath

Master Bath

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The Realtor Photo a couple of years ago

Photo just in from the owner as he awaits final inspection this morning

I’m hoping to make it down for some interior shots soon.

 

 

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My job was hexed!

A post shared by John Mcbride (@sometimes_grumpy) on

By J. McBride

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McBride Construction

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McBride and Cedar Ceiling

 

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On the Boards

Overview

from drive

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