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Home Tours 2017

2017 AIA East Bay Home Tours

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10am-4:30pm
$50 / $60 day-of. Please note tickets have sold out most years.
Click here for tickets

Featuring Houses By:

Fischer Architecture
Jack Backus Architects
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yudell
ODS Architecture
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design

Each year the AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects. We choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces.

Through the AIA East Bay Home Tours, we offer the community an opportunity to experience the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects, by being inside the houses themselves and talking with the architects who designed them.

The 2017 Houses:

Grizzly
Fischer Architecture

Berkeley

Skyline
Jack Backus Architects

Oakland

Tilden
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yuddell

Berkeley

Kensington
ODS Architecture

Kensington

Elmwood Cottage
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

Berkeley

Gilman District
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design
Berkeley

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or sidney@aiaeb.org.

Project Profile: The Architects Office

Claiming nearly a full story inside an existing crawlspace gives an understated ranch new life on a challenging hillside site.       

The new owner of an understated ranch house in the Oakland hills wanted something more for their home so they brought on The Architects Office to help with their vision. The client wanted more windows for better Bay views; more bedrooms to fit the whole family; to expand the kitchen so that everyone could hang out together; and to create a backyard.

Settled into a downslope overlooking Montclair Village, a quaint, commercial/retail area nestled in the Oakland Hills, the existing home featured two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. The location of the home had phenomenal views of the San Francisco Bay but only 15% of the walls facing that view were glazed.

The Architects Office helped the new owner discover the existing structure was full of potential and a program was developed to take advantage of views, increase floor area within the existing building mass and transform the exterior. A new layout was designed to keep living spaces adjacent to the view sides of the house, which minimized the impacts of construction on the remaining shell. From a conceptual point, this home was designed with the notion that an open-plan layout of spaces adjacent to view walls makes the space (particularly public spaces) feel larger and more expansive.

An oversized crawlspace below the lower level was also found to be big enough to build new bedrooms, a full bathroom and a playroom.

The only problem left to solve was creating enough outdoor space to recreate in. Given the existing house’s relatively small footprint on the steep site, it took some brainstorming to decide that decks were the best solution. Each level features a new deck and the lower ones feature exterior, recessed lighting.  Even better, the decks are located on the view side of the home. At the ground level, earth was terraced to provide ample space for the owner’s dog to run around.

The project recently won a Bay Area Remodeling Award and was nominated for a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Judges Choice Award.

General Contractor: Duchin Construction
Structural: John Bailey
Fire Sprinkler: Victory Fire Protection
Photographer: Treve Johnson, Allied Member

Project Profile: Nino Residence

Nino Residence by Jace Architecture

By Jace Architecture

Situated 300ft above sea level at the top of Bernal Heights in San Francisco, the Nino Residence commands panoramic views north across the Bay and east toward the Berkeley/Oakland hills. The existing property is an historic cottage datedto 1890, centered in a 70ft deep lot with limited front and rear yards. The new program required a new master bedroom suite, study/guest room, entertainment space, and exterior deck with direct garden access. These requirements necessitated altering both front and rear facades. These facades are thus conceived as partial screens to complement the historic
fabric, permitting old and new to be seen jointly.

The program’s aim was to be energy efficient and environmentally sensitive beginning with the notion of renovation and preservation, capitalizing and embellishing upon inherent qualities existing within the residence. As the residence is situated within a dense neighborhood fabric, the owner has the availability to walk or to take public transportation to access all basic services. The hilltop location also allows for unobstructed views and a high sense of privacy as no neighbor immediately occupies the same plane of vision. By embellishing upon such features with a modern, clean, and simple design, the residence provides the best of both worlds: an active, urban lifestyle that is also serene and close to nature.

Nino Residence by Jace Architecture

Little financial and spatial resources were dedicated to the accommodation of a car, with an allowance for a driveway only for means of basic convenience and as required per code to alleviate burden on public streets. Further, by retaining the historic fabric of the home the architect saved material, limiting waste, and preserving a sense of San Francisco’s cultural heritage.

The small spaces within were conceived of as multi-functionale, and can be either partitioned for privacy or opened to create grander arrangements. The living room is not only a social space, but also part entry and part music studio. Similarly, the adjoined dining, kitchen and guest room overlap and weave together for expanded views and cross ventilation. The one-story front addition is both an enclosed habitable interior space and an open, exterior roof deck. The home is a layered procession of spaces – views, light, and ventilation extend continuously from front to rear.

Design Team: Jace Levinson, AIA, Kim Ngo, Gordon Popadiuk
Structural Engineer: Bernard Huang
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Zigas Engineers
General Contractor: Tapia Construction & Restoration
Photographers: Muffy Kibbey, Mark Luthringer

Nino Residence by Jace Architecture

2014 Home Tours

2014 AIA East Bay Home Tours
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10am-4:30pm

Click here to purchase tickets.
$50 in advance
$60 Tour Day, if available
Tour Day ticket headquarters: Bica Coffeehouse, 5701 College Ave, Rockridge

AIA East Bay announces the return of its popular Home Tours. This year’s tour is Saturday, August 9, 2014. Our “mostly self-guided” tour celebrates design excellence, inspiring and educating the public about the impact of architects and architecture on East Bay living.

2014 Sponsors:

Premier Sponsor
The Grubb Company

Media Sponsor
Diablo Magazine

Industry Sponsors
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2014 Homes:

Craftsman

Craftsman Addition
Albany
Eisenmann Architecture

MidCenturyModern

Midcentury Modern
Berkeley
Koch Architects

 Cabin

Contemporary Cabin
Berkeley
John Quiter, AIA

Gallery

Gallery House
Berkeley
Regan Bice Architects

LEED

LEED Ranch
Piedmont
Michelle Kaufmann Studio

 ViewHouse

View House
Oakland
WA Design

 

Featuring Houses By:

Eisenmann Architecture
Michelle Kaufmann Studio
Koch Architects
John Quiter, AIA
Regan Bice Architects
WA Design

The AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects, ranging from finely-detailed in-law units to exuberant historic renovations to stunning modern masterpieces.

The AIA East Bay Home Tours is the best way for our community to learn how an architect transforms a house into a home.

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or sidney@aiaeb.org.