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A cool photo

John McBride took this picture of our cottage project on the apocalyptic day last fall when the sky stayed dark and orange all day. Hopefully the fires will not be so bad in 2021.

I took a class in graduate school with Professor Galen Cranz called Body Conscious Design. That is where this idea started. The class was all about how to design better spaces, furniture and other things for the health of our bodies. Much of our built environment, down to the typical chair that often causes back problems, are not great for human health. This architectural detail helps prevent the atrophy of the upper body muscles. One of my projects in school had monkey bars in every hallway for an alternate means of travel.

We couldn’t have a bale raising party due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is a small building. Its going to be very cozy.

The Walls Have Arrived

We converted the front house from a duplex to single family, then added an ADU at the back. So many fun details on this project I don’t know where to start.

First, Here is the new ADU. The landscape work is underway, so stay tuned. Note the castle post from previous blogposts.

Looking South to the private patio with painted beam
more of the beam with two more carved posts

Here are three of the kitchen

John has been getting ready for the strawbales over the holidays. He bought a bale knife on EBay and made his own needles out of a steel rod. Pretty cool.

North Berkeley ADU Snapshots

The builder (McBride Construction) is working his way through the punch list. We are both proud of how this rental cottage is turning out. Here are a couple of his snapshots:

The first one is the kitchen with built-in dish drying rack over the drainboard and apple-ply cabinets. The second is the little dining nook with storage benches and salvaged fir built-in table.

I’ll post more about this one soon…with some interior shots. This will house the homeowners while they remodel the main house, then it will be an art studio and guest quarters. Someday it will probably house renters. It exceeds all the green building and energy efficiency codes. Construction by McBride Construction.

Rainscreen fibercement siding and big doors
Wall hung toilet tank – not the most exciting photo, but a nice feature.

Addition in the Berkeley Hills

This one, built by Canivet Construction, was for a pair of architects. The design was driven more in the modern direction by their sensibilities.

Rafters!