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Coveted Crib: Hippie House Gets Modern Makeover


When Oakland, CA, architectural firm Envelope A + D took on a house reno project in the neighboring city of Berkeley, CA, it had its work cut out. The two-level "hippie house," as the firm dubbed it, needed an aesthetic upgrade to bring it into the 21st century. Besides the aesthetic considerations, the house was also in major disrepair. Working with the clients, the entire house was rehabilitated, and the home's facade was given a modern makeover, with a streamlined edifice that borrows from Japanese design.

For photos of the home's new look, as well as more details on the reno, read more.

Envelope A+D added 1,000 square feet onto the structure to accommodate the clients' growing family. This expanded footprint made additional bedrooms, a family room, and a luxurious bath/steam/sauna room possible.

I love the home's streamlined, understated exterior, as well as the thoughtful modern design on the interior, which manages to look warm and welcoming while keeping excess furnishings to a minimum. The generous fenestration also takes advantage of the wooded landscape. What a wonderful view to wake up to, don't you think?

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