Craftsman Addition, a 2014 AIA East Bay Home Tours house
Architect: Stacy Eisenmann, AIA | Eisenmann Architecture
Photographer: This Old House Magazine
Architect Stacy Eisenmann, AIA and her husband purchased a one-story bungalow in Albany with the intention of renovating and reselling it quickly. However, in their first year they realized the neighborhood was perfect for them and their growing family, so they decided to renovate for themselves instead. With husband David acting as the client, Stacy transformed the house into a smart, contemporary two-story home that merges modern design sensibility with traditional craftsman detailing. In the course of the renovation interior walls were knocked down and a full second story was added. The architect confidently placed the new stairway at the center of the house and cut a skylight above it, bringing light deep into the center of the original floor plan. As a bonus, the upper landing was enlarged and became an impromptu play area for the architect’s young children. As a bigger bonus, the new master suite has Bay views. A palette of colors abstracted from earth and sky is used throughout, but is especially effective in the new kitchen, where simple painted cabinets have been elevated to the level of art, due to their graceful proportion and the surrounding materials. Through inspired and thoughtful design, this architect was successful in transforming a “flippable” bungalow into her family home.