Berkeley Hills House, Berkeley CA

Upon finding this immensely beautiful three-story redwood house, which had not been updated since the turn of the century, the family planned both a renovation and a move across the country to the Bay area with their two young girls. After decades of living in New York, a strong connection to nature was what they most valued about the new property. The bond with nature became a guiding design principle. When the structural engineer advised re-building the foundation to better withstand future earthquakes, it was an invitation to open the entire floor to the landscape- a Garden Room, Wine Cellar, Library, and crafts Studio. The focus on nature would also include modernizing for environmental efficiency- a living roof on the garage, on-demand hot water and solar hot water systems, a zinc roof to allow pure rainwater run off into the gardens, and sustainable materials such as wood, stone, ceramic, steel, and natural rubber.

In keeping with the Arts and Crafts movement, Studio Geiger chose artisan-made or handmade items wherever possible- an idea which translated into hand painted tiles in the kitchen, handmade Heath tiles in the bathrooms, hand-blocked wallpapers, and cabinetry that was all made by a local cabinet-maker or by manufacturers whose products embody an attention to craft. The deep redwood tones inside and out of the house provided a rich backdrop against which all other color and material choices followed.

The design received an Honor from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association in 2012.
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