Warm Modern Remodel + Addition
Albany homeowners wanted a modern design, open plan and additional space for family and guests at their two-bedroom, 1 Bath, 1,053 SF home on a 30’ wide lot. At the same time, they wanted to respect their neighborhood of mostly one and two-story bungalows. A 3,600 SF lot meant a vertical addition was the most feasible solution.
At the main level, Levitch Associates, Inc. created an open plan and completely remodeled the entire floor. Removing an accessory structure made way for a back deck, accessible through the dining nook and family room. Since the deck faces west, they designed a pergola for shade. Now with an easy flow inside to the outdoors, there’s plenty of room for everyday living and entertaining.
The owners asked for a stair to the new second-story that would have a minimal footprint while bringing light into the home. Levitch met their request with a staircase lit by a skylight and windows and accented by a dramatic light fixture and teal walls. The upper level has laundry, three bedrooms and two bathrooms including a master suite.
During construction Levitch took the house down to the floor structure, so it’s essentially a new 2,000 SF home. Given the scope of the remodel there were some challenges:
- It was more complicated to leave a section of foundation intact than to replace all of it, which would have added to the cost; in hindsight we could have completely demolished the home.
- There was, however, a nonconforming setback on one side so leaving one corner allowed us to maintain about 1’ of width in footprint.
- Fire sprinklers were required.
Despite the challenges, a consistent theme of colors, textures and materials such as wood, metal and glass inside and out creates a modern aesthetic that is warm and livable for their client’s new home.
Architect: Maurice Levitch, AIA
Structural Engineer: Aghazarian Consulting Engineers, Inc.
General Contractor: Levitch Associates, Inc.
Railings: Carrillo’s Ironworks
Cabinets: Ecohome Improvement
Cabinet Installer: Semolina Design
Painting: Aurora Painting and Decorating
Flooring: Amber Flooring Inc.
Wallcovering: Bay Area Toile, designed by Matt Ritchie and Jorma Taccone
Wallcovering Installation: James Hauge
Fire Sprinklers: Thorpe Design Inc.
Photographer: Treve Johnson Photography, Inc.