1960s house gets a modern European style renovation in the Berkeley Hills

modern European style home exterior

Holder Parlette Architecture has beautifully reimagined this 1960s home to feature a clean, modern European style design and breathtaking views from its hillside perch in Berkeley, California. The goal of this project was to maximize the expansive views and spacious interiors within the original structure’s footprint.

The design highlights include elevated living areas with soaring 14-foot ceilings and a full-height sliding door to merge indoor and outdoor spaces, centering on views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. A deck extends towards these views for optimal outdoor enjoyment.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Holder Parlette Architecture CONTRACTOR Ken Winfield Construction

modern living room with a view of the deck

The minimalist, white interior draws attention to the scenery, with a converted lower level into a master suite.

modern dining and living room

What We Love: This 1960s home was transformed into a light and airy abode with an attractive modern European style. The heart of this home, the great room, provides a wonderful indoor-outdoor living experience thanks to the full-height sliding glass door that was integrated into the design. Connecting to a deck, the owners can enjoy incredible views while feeling like they are elevated over the landscape.

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Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Holder Parlette Architecture: A rustic-modern bungalow gets elevated charm in Mill Valley and Delightful contemporary farmhouse nestled in Napa wine country.

modern living room with a view of the dining room

Above: This luminous great room features 14-foot tall ceilings and a sliding glass door that connects to the deck, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

modern dining room with a view of the kitchen

Above: In the dining area, a Saarinen table encircled by Panton chairs, and a Big Bang Chandelier by Foscarini add style and function.

modern kitchen with a large skylight

Above: A large skylight over the kitchen transforms this space into a light-filled oasis.

modern staircase

modern skylight detail view

modern bathroom with a floating vanity

modern bathroom with dual vanities and freestanding tub

Above: The master bathroom features Porcelonosa floor tiles and fixtures. This spa-like oasis connects to a Zen garden.

modern bathroom with a freestanding tub

modern bathroom view through a sliding glass door

modern landscape aerial view

 The redesigned exterior features a landscaped yard with a lawn, fountain, and hot tub, all oriented towards the picturesque vista.

modern European style home exterior

Above: The architects converted a gabled roof into a raised flat roof, helping to add volume to the ceiling of the great room.

modern landscape

modern European style home exterior with a patio and outdoor furniture

Above: The master bedroom was designed on the lower level where there was once a garage. A small yard was designed to replace the existing driveway.

modern European style home patio with a spa

Above: A hot tub is placed at the edge of the property, boasting sweeping views over the San Francisco Bay Area.

modern European style home exterior

modern European style home exterior

modern European style home exterior with a patio and spa at dusk

Above: A cedar fence lines the edge of the property, helping to create a sense of intimacy in the backyard garden.


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