Our clients were living in a small house in need of repair on this quiet residential street corner. They wanted a larger but relatively modest home for their growing family. We assessed several options and did a thorough vetting with the city planning and building departments to determine whether the optimal approach would be an addition/remodel or new construction. Although often the former is better for cost and resources, in this case new construction was the better approach.
The design is based on patterns from traditional Craftsman homes, both in the details and in the layout of spaces. The building systems are designed for high performance and convenience. We oriented the building to give a street presence to both of its corner faces, and to embrace the rear yard.
Architect: Saikley Architects
Landscape Architect: Larman Garro Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: DP Advanced Engineering
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering
General Contractor: MTM Building Group
3d Renderings: Pixel Patch Creative
Photography: Alexandra Saikley
“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