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An inspiring midcentury house makeover in the treetops of Berkeley Hills

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The scope of this project entailed the renovation of a midcentury modern house along with an ADU addition by Klopf Architecture, nestled high in the Berkeley Hills neighborhood of Berkeley, California. For the homeowners, the update of their mid-century modern dwelling felt like a cabin nestled in the treetops.

It was important that the new designs were aligned with the original intent because of the owner’s appreciation for mid-century modern architecture. As with many original midcentury modern homes, the house was scaled to the 1960s lifestyle where rooms were smaller and openings to views were limited and tightly framed. Klopf designed a remodel and addition to help bring this house into 21st-century indoor-outdoor living.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Klopf Architecture CONTRACTOR Nathan Grant Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Designs With Nature

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A reconfigured entry sequence creates a more welcoming entrance into an outdoor living space, before entering the house through a sizable glass pivot door. Darker stained ceilings extend into the new kitchen to create a continuous plane connecting it to the living space in the new great room. Ebony flooring recedes into the background, focusing attention on the views out to the new deck and treetops beyond.

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The house with its dark accents in the kitchen and overall color palette feels masculine and snug, evoking the sense of a wooded cabin. The lower-level utilitarian storage area was expanded and transformed into an accessible ADU for the homeowners’ aging parents. Slim window framing details in the new ADU are repeated upstairs to modernize the living space and tie the spaces together.

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The family now enjoys a more functional space where they can work, entertain, and relax with family and friends.

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What We Love: This midcentury modern house in Berkeley was beautifully reimagined to reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle needs. The ADU addition for the owner’s aging parents is in perfect harmony with the rest of the home, creating an overall attractive aesthetic. We are especially loving how the floor plan was reorganized to improve the flow while creating an indoor-outdoor living experience that captures natural light and views.

Tell Us: What aspects of this home remodel most inspires you and what would you do differently if this were your own home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign from the architects of this project, Klopf Architecture: Before and After: A midcentury California home gets a stunning new look and Fresh modern update to an Eichler house in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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PHOTOGRAPHER ©2021 Mariko Reed
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