Berkeley Ridge

We reverently restored this midcentury modern home in keeping with its original design by noted Bay Area architect Henry Hill—with modern equivalents for layout, finishes and details

Our approach to this project returns the original house to Henry Hill’s designs and creates new spaces that work for today’s lifestyles, and further connects the interior to its park-like setting atop Grizzly Peak. The home’s new owner is a friend of the original owner’s family, and enthusiastic to be the caretaker of its history and restoration.

First constructed in the 1940’s, Hill designed the original 900 sq. ft. house and subsequent addition; a second addition decades later by an unknown architect. By pooling the later addition’s small spaces we created a larger master suite with bath and closet—adding windows to fully capture

eastern views of Tilden Park. Other modest modifications include creating an appreciably more functional kitchen with eat-in dining area, and removing a coat closet at the entry that was constricting the space.

Wherever appropriate we used the modern equivalents of original materials, replacing finishes like original Bizazza kitchen counter tile with new of the same, and replicating the original teak paneling in the entry foyer.

Structural Engineer: Gregory Paul Wallace, SE
Color Consultant: Color Folio Design
Landscape Architect: David John Bigham
Photographers: Marion Brenner, Leslie Williamson

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