North Berkeley Restoration

Bringing an old house back to life!

With no Love for 40 years this Berkeley Craftsman needed a lot of attention.

With no Love for 40 years this Berkeley Craftsman needed a lot of attention.

Restoring a home and preserving original character is rare pleasure.  This home had an interesting past.  From having a hoarder live in the house for 40 years to having the owners pass away in the house.  the task at hand was not easy.  But with great bones and a new owner committed to preserving as much of the original character as possible we had a great starting point.  The project will be complete in June of 2015 so stay tuned for updated photos and details.

Restoring a home and preserving original character is rare pleasure.  This home had an interesting past.  From having a hoarder live in the house for 40 years to having the owners pass away in the house.  the task at hand was not easy.  But with great bones and a new owner committed to preserving as much of the original character as possible we had a great starting point.  The project will be complete in June of 2015 so stay tuned for updated photos and details.

Older deck with a new life

We took this deck apart carefully as part of a larger remodel project. (See Kitchen and Living room remodel) in our projects tab)  these redwood boards were still in good shape and we had a family member within our crew that needed a new fence.  Again saving the client some money not having to dispose of the material, helping our landfill situation and giving new life to material that was going to be thrown away.

Existing deck

Existing deck

new fence from an old deck.

new fence from an old deck.

RE-USE is better than recycling!

We are remodeling this kitchen in Oakland with new cabinets, doors, windows etc...  One of the members of my crew is taking all of the cabinets and appliances to a family member in a small town in Mexico.  This both saves our clients money by not having to pay to dispose of them but also keeps them out of the land fill and gives them new life for the foreseeable future.  

this is the kitchen 'before' in the Oakland hills

this is the kitchen 'before' in the Oakland hills

ready to be loaded onto a trailer and taken to Mexico.

ready to be loaded onto a trailer and taken to Mexico.

Rain in June

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It never fails... open up a house and it will rain:)  regardless of the size of the project taking care of our clients homes during construction is our responsibility and priority. Here is a photo of our current project in Alameda. We were able to protect all of the existing floors and plaster that we are planning to refinish.

Rockridge Remodel

the opening up of a rockridge kitchen.  by removing a wall and installing new exterior pocket and sliding doors we are opening the kitchen to the new deck and beautiful back yard.  Stay tuned for more updates and the finished project in the projects page.

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Water proofing is one of our specialties and getting these exterior pocket doors water tight took a few extra steps and some custom flashing.

Water proofing is one of our specialties and getting these exterior pocket doors water tight took a few extra steps and some custom flashing.

Custom Cabinetry

As builders we always love to build things that are different or unique. This entertainment cabinet was a great way to use the space under the staircase.  You will notice the stairs going up thru the right corner of the cabinet.  This house is a split level so the framing members became the sides of the drawers below. Having two former cabinet makers on our crew makes working out the details of custom pieces both enjoyable and successful.

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