Blending the feel of a Bay Area Craftsman with the clients’ northeast roots inspired a unique interpretation of the traditional craftsman style. The clients wanted a home with enough space for two teenage children and the extended stays of relatives. They also wanted the charm of an old house but with modern sensitivities to light and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
We created a basement level addition by completely replacing the foundation after a major dig out of the extremely steep hillside site. We formed a mat slab foundation while the home sat up on cribbing throughout a very rainy winter. To add to the project’s complexity, this is all happening in an earthquake and landslide zone. The water from the natural spring we discovered during excavation is now collected in a cistern and used to irrigate their landscape throughout the California dry season.