Berkeley Salt Box
The challenge? How to build in an earthquake prone area and not spend everything on the structural work. The amount of square footage is modest for a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath house but is mitigated by a walkable neighborhood near public transportation. The owners needed space for visiting family, so we designed a guest room on the main level. They also wanted an open kitchen, dining, and family room off the backyard. All this on a tight budget. The underlying challenge: deliver high quality spaces with enough left over in the budget for good quality finishes. The second floor landing, with large windows looking out onto the SF Bay, has become a favorite hangout space for them. The master bedroom suite has a small balcony that overlooks the backyard. They master shower, where they decided to splurge, features a large skylight and Carrara marble tile.