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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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Copper Handrail, cedar fence & gate, Copper gutter and downspout above


Cedar slat railings above and below, energy efficient wood-clad windows and copper gutter and flashing.

Here is a before shot:

Back of house before

In addition to lots of improvements on the inside of the house, this project makes vast improvements to the interface between the house and the yard.  Such improvements then inspire the client to make big improvements to the garden itself – A new stone patio, pathways, and many new plants.

The roof deck above is built strong, ready to hold the most practical kind of living roof – a vegetable garden in pots and planters!

 

 

 

 

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Livingroom – Openhomes Photography

Lighting from Metrolighting and Crafts, Custom cabinetry by Freedman & Chesley, Emeryville, General Construction – Accolade Construction, Palo Alto, Interior Decorating – Ballon Studio

This remodel included rearranging the entire floor plan (1055 SF), vaulting the living room ceiling, All new windows, stucco, venitian plaster throughout, insulation, lighting, plumbing, adding a bathroom and pantry, and a curvy concrete deck.  A very cozy and efficient little house for a downsizing couple with kids off in the world.  Ample storage is key to living in a small house. Many different strategies were employed from pantries to closets with barn doors to custom cabinets.

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New Floor Plan

Old Floorplan

Old Floor Plan

Diningroom – Openhomes Photography

Breakfast nook – Openhomes Photography

Bathroom – Openhomes Photography

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New Front door with round window

Hobbit door from Real Carriage Door, Handrail prefabricated by Architectural Metalsmiths, Richmond, Stone veneer on porch & steps by Accolade Construction.

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