Dimond Outdoor Living

Oakland, California

Along with transforming a cottage into a larger family home and work space, Saikley Architects coordinated closely with Miller Landscape Architects to optimize the use of the yard. Careful consideration was given indoor-outdoor flow, relationships of the outdoor spaces to the living spaces at house and accessory building, areas for cooking and seating, and ample sunny and sheltered space for growing food.

Architect: Saikley Architects
Landscape Architect: Miller Landscape Architects
Builder: Lema Construction
Photography/house: Kurt Manley
Photography/landscape: Jude Parkinson-Morgan

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“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