Oakland Hills Remodel

This special house nestled in a grove of mature oak trees seems removed from the city. Except for the front door and a kitchen side access, the house had no connection to the gorgeous site it inhabits. Over a decade, the owner and I joyfully transformed it. The first phase saw a replacement of all single paned aluminum windows with large dual glazed wood windows and French doors throughout, as well as the building of a rear deck to anchor … Read More

Alamo Bathroom

While not moving all fixture locations, a tub was added, and efficiency and style were taken to new heights. Solving mold problems, and removing closets, this master bathroom was reborn.   Before:


A family of four wanted to break through the confining spaces of its hundred and twenty year old Victorian house, while getting rid of the clutter. Insulation, double glazed wood windows, and a new efficient furnace were added to provide comfort. A new bedroom was carved out of the lower level while access to it and the rear yard was improved. A second bathroom was added. Before:

Remodel & Addition

As two girls grew into their teenage years, their parents decided to give them full reign over the upper level while adding a new master bedroom suite below within steps of the garden and jacuzzi. The new bedroom and sitting area, complete with a full bathroom and walk-in closet, became their refuge.   Before: Robert Cruz Construction    

Lindgren’s Coffee and Café

Eric Lindgren had a strong vision of opening a neighborhood cafe with a retro feel on the ground floor of a historic Berkeley apartment building. The ground floor retail space with access to a rear yard offered opportunities. We exposed an existing brick wall, added a full commercial kitchen into the small retail space for the preparation of scrumptious homemade pastries and goods. A coffee roaster provides fresh coffee to be canned on the premises. Access to the rear yard … Read More

New Great Room with Kitchen

A kitchen remodel here becomes part of a new Great Room. In order to bring the entire family together, a Great Room is created to connect the kitchen and Family Room. Taking cues from the existing boxed beam ceiling, the structural dividing wall of this two story residence was removed and replaced by a new beam, concealed in the extended boxed beam ceiling feature above. The kitchen was entirely reconfigured and appointed with new appliances, cabinetry and lighting.  New Marvin … Read More

San Leandro Remodel

This project was designed for a couple of graphic designers with modern sensibilities. The rear portion of their Tudor style residence had an uninsulated, unused screened in porch addition. Walls were removed and the floor was rebuilt at the same level as the rest of the residence to create an open kitchen with space for entertaining, contiguous with the garden. The custom kitchen cabinetry was designed and fabricated by Randy Castellon of Maker Studio.

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