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Mid-century modern residence in Berkley Hills gets artfully transformed

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This project involved the remodel of a 1965 mid-century modern residence by YamaMar Design in collaboration with interior designer Alison Damonte, nestled on a secluded property in Berkeley Hills, California. The homeowners of this 4,000 square foot, five bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home were recent East Coast transplants. They requested that the renovation provide them with a sparse, white backdrop to highlight their expansive art collection. They also wanted an authentic design scheme for their 3-story mid-century digs, which showcases views of the bay. Other highlights includes exposed wood beams and an original 1960s cast concrete fireplace that was restored by the architects. “Vibrant hues, handcrafted fixtures and modern furnishings takes their cue from each “installation,” unifying the space and meshing art with life,” states the designers.

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The architect for the project provided some background details on the original home. “It was originally designed by Ratcliff, Slama & Catwalader for Robert Scalapino, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of Political Science in 1990 and founding director of the Institute of East Asian Studies,” states the architects. The clients purchased the home in 2012, commissioning the architects to devise a master plan for the house and grounds which could be implemented in phases.” The homeowners wanted the renovation of the home to have a minimal aesthetic, placing art and photography at the forefront.

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Other features that were original to the home includes glass doors that leads to an outdoor courtyard, providing a wonderful indoor-outdoor connection. Cast concrete floors were also original to the home and were preserved. The architects also designed a fresh new master bedroom suite, an open and spacious kitchen, dining room, kids bathroom, a powder room and dual home offices. Flow between the upstairs and downstairs was vastly improved, while a new aesthetic was given by the use of geometric tile textures, steel fireplace accents, stained oak wood flooring, and the restoration of double wood beams at the vaulted Living Room ceiling.

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What We Love: This mid-century modern residence has classically styled to retain its authentic roots. With bright bursts of color and funky art and decor collection, this home is chalk-full of personality and fun. Expansive walls of glass that opens to the outdoors expands the living spaces, making them feel bright and airy. The living room fireplace creates a unique focal point to the space, while views of the Bay adds to this home’s stellar qualities.

Readers, are you a fan of mid-century? Please let us know your thoughts on the renovation of this mid-century modern residence. Was it a success? Anything you would like to have seen done differently?

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Photos: Bruce Damonte

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