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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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OLD FLOOR PLAN

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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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Photoshoot Nancy Kitchen

You’ve seen this project before.  Funky old house with a pretty thorough retuning and a small addition at the back. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

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I thought I’d shared a couple more photos of a recent remodel project. This Berkeley house was built with no way to get to the backyard except through the house or from the neighbor’s driveway.  We decided to add a pair of dutch carriage doors on the back side of the garage so that there would be a direct connection from front yard & driveway to back. The owners will probably use the garage as a room, rather than a garage, but the design allows for a variety of interpretations (In this mild climate we don’t really need heat to make a room into living space 3/4 of the year or more)  The existing concrete slab was polished smooth and shiny for a practical upgrade.

Photos by Nancy Kalter-Dills, Contractor credit to Steve Coleman.

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She caught the architect in this one

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I had the privilege of assisting with the hoisting to second floor and installation of this nice big south facing window on Friday.

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John and Oscar leveling

 

 

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This one involves a small addition and reworking the back of the house to better connect with the backyard nature and southern sunlight

Berkeley Remodel/Addition

and this one gets a new master suite on top and a reworking of the entire house. The south-facing back of the house also gets a lot more window and door to connect to the yard and sunlight.

San Mateo Addition and Remodel

Stay tuned for more exciting developments.

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John McBride Photo

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kids enjoying the roofdeck

This Poets Corner remodel with small addition turned out great.  (Thanks in part to the good taste of the owners and the skill of Coleman Building.) Nancy Kalter came with me to the house warming party and took some house in action shots.  It was afternoon on a very sunny day.

First here is the before and after first floor plan. (Roof deck remodel upstairs (plan not shown)  is big enough for the whole family to sleep out under the stars and also a vegetable garden!)

 

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Here is a small collection of before shots:

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