Historic Gem Rescue
1. Create an attic level addition for visiting parents. The existing attic had the minimum allowable headroom. We enlarged the existing attic level and added a wall of windows facing the back yard.
2. Completely reconfigure the layout of the house to accommodate the owners, their two active boys, their pets and the constant stream of neighbor kids who come to play (and eat) This called for a more open floor plan connecting to the backyard, but with interior spaces reflecting the traditional and formal feel of the original house. It was important for the facade to seem open and inviting but, given the location of the project (a transitioning West Berkeley neighborhood), protected as well. We created an open porch but relocated the entry to the side of the house.
View from the street showing the newly restored open porch and new semi-circular entry stair
Rear view showing the new attic-level guest suite addition and 8’ tall bi-folding exterior doors at the kitchen and dining room, which open onto the flush wood deck
Living room view looking towards the new gas fireplace and Arabesque tile surround with custom mill work to blend seamlessly with the original columns and flanking inglenook casework
View from the kitchen, looking over the reclaimed wood island, towards the built-in breakfast banquet and onto the back deck. The bi-folding doors fold out of the way to create a perfect indoor/outdoor connection
Attic level grandparents guest suite with a bed the can be recessed into the wall to create more floor space with not in use