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Slowly but surely this new building is taking shape. The interesting angles create privacy from the main house and useful delineation of spaces on the inside. The siding is select tight knot cedar. The mitered corner is nicely executed by the craftsmen of McBride Construction.  Still to come – interior finishes, lighting, landscaping, and a loft. Stay posted for more photos as it unfolds.

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But my little cabin looks great from here.

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Photo by J. McBride : “Angular Angles” 

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McBride Construction hard at work finishing the flashing

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The most important component of this project was rearranging things to make the most of various spaces in a small house. There had been several strange additions over the years that made for a lot of wasted space.

Looking east

Looking east in this spacious new kitchen with fir cabinets, vaulted ceiling, corner windows, LED lights,

We added about 65 SF and way more storage. The old kitchen was actually a hallway with constant traffic flow through the work area. Now traffic stays away from the main work area.

Kitchen before addition and remodel

Kitchen before addition and remodel

asbuilt   new plan     1) New closets in the master bedroom 2) More efficient laundry room by moving one door and adding shelves and counter 3) Water heater moved to exterior and utility room converted to pantry 4) Kitchen expanded to keep the traffic out of the work area 5) Easy attic storage created

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Nice Big Pantry

Vaulted ceiling creates room for a large pendant light

We also added an attic access stair for even more storage!

Photo Credit – Nancy Kalter-Dills

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I am excited to see this backyard studio take shape. Happy to have a skillful framer and a pile of kiln dried FSC certified lumber.  I stopped by just in time to help lift that big beam into place. A challenging job for a solo framer. 

     

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I was very happy to see this recent project full of people enjoying the newly connected living spaces and yard. The owners also built several nice cabinets and shelving themselves. These are just phone snapshots of the space…..and yes it does look like they might need a new couch at some point. Turned out great! (Thanks Berkeley Craftsman)

Front parlor with hammock

Willa testing out the hammock

Family roomConnection to the yard

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These are just snapshots – client is not fully moved in – but they are very happy with the remodel, as am I. (Thanks Berkeley Craftsmen) The basic idea was to add a bedroom and improve the street presence. In addition to adding a bedroom we gained a small parlor or office and relocated the main living space to the back with a nice connection to the garden.

 

Front Elevation

The new front parlor window, cedar sill, and integral color stucco

High windows facing south

New front parlor

Looking from kitchen out the back doors

New Bedroom

Existing Floor Plan

New Floor Plan

 

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My Oakland correspondent saw this curious tower addition on an Oakland bungalow. I’d love to see it from the inside.

Tower addition on Oakland bungalow

Tower addition on Oakland bungalow

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