Dimond Family Home
We transformed a modest cottage in the Dimond neighborhood of Oakland into a larger home that is carefully tailored for the long term living, learning and working needs of the family.
Our clients are deeply embedded in their neighborhood and the larger Oakland community. They came to us requesting an expansion to their home with thoughtfulness to each aspect of how they wish to inhabit their house and yard, to integrating all the functions of the building, and to their quiet aesthetic.
This project involved a close collaboration with our clients and then the landscape architect and builder throughout all aspects of the project. Saikley Architects provided full interior design services, as we do on many of our projects.
Architect: Saikley Architects
Landscape Architect: Miller Landscape Architects
Structural Engineering: Rafferty Engineering
Builder: Lema Construction
Photography/house: Kurt Manley
Photography/landscape: Jude Parkinson-Morgan
“We worked with Alexandra on a major project with several challenges – building a brand new home on a small, sloped lot that required several variances. To add to that, we were first-time owner-builders. From the very beginning of the process at the design stage, Alexandra was easy to work with and very open to both incorporating our requests and needs while providing helpful insight and guidance. Her clear, consistent, and thorough communication got us through a complicated Zoning review process. She and her team helped us adapt in creative ways to ensure that we met Zoning’s requirements while still keeping the best parts of the design. We’ve been living in the home for several months now and absolutely love it! The best part for us about working with Alexandra, which is easy to take for granted but very significant in a long project like this, was her incredible professionalism, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. We never had any problem communicating and working with her over the course of our project, despite the other challenges and many different people involved. Thank you, Alexandra, for helping make a dream come true for us!” – Client