Lorin Hill, Architect
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Architect Lorin Hill and associates emphasize pragmatic and creative design solutions to variety of design opportunities throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Every project presents its own unique challenges, and we find something compelling in every project, no matter what size.

Excellent design only reaches its full potential if it can be effectively translated into a completed construction project that meets scheduling and budget goals. We promote a pro-active approach aimed at achieving and maintaining good "chemistry" among all players in the process: the client, the design team, and the contractor.

Our particular strengths include responsiveness, thoroughness, communication and flexibility. We provide a continuum of services that take a project from the broad overview (a master plan) to the specifics of construction detailing and specifications, with active involvement in the construction process.

We are committed to environmentally sustainable practices in our work and often incorporate the Build-it-Green GreenPoints Rating System into our projects. First and foremost, the renovation of existing structures minimizes the waste of resources. We promote the use of locally-sourced, renewable and recycled building materials as well as building systems and site design that favor water and energy conservation. Improved indoor air quality and the reduction of contaminants contribute to healthier living environments.

Our primary focus is residential projects, with an emphasis on high-quality design and creative, pragmatic solutions. Much of our work involves the comprehensive renovation and expansion of existing homes. We draw upon the inherent strengths of a building to produce improved living spaces, healthier environments, and added real estate value. Other project types include commercial tenant improvements and mixed-use developments.

Services Provided
Architectural Design, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Space Planning, Sustainable Design

Areas Served
Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Palo Alto

Certifications and Awards
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Preservation Award, 2012
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Preservation Award, 2002
San Francisco Bay Area Architect
Best of Houzz 2013-2017!

Contact: Lorin Hill
Location: 6573 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Typical Job Costs: $100,000 - 5 million
Commented: Love the siding, what is it? Hi, Glad you like it - it's stained cedar with a custom milled channel (rectangular recess) profile.
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Commented: Wall manufacturer I don't recall how it was sourced, but they are full lengths. Custom milled in all likelihood.
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Commented: Wood wall Hi, yes it is maple. Nominal 1x material - blind nailed as I recall. Good luck with your project!
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Commented: Love this kitchen! Can you tell me the material for the countertops? Thanks - that's honed Carrera marble as I recall.
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Commented: Doors Hi, not that we are aware of. You're probably limited to aluminum clad wood like these Loewen products, all wood (custom?) , or all metal (Fleetwood, Western Window Systems, etc. ). Perhaps some Euro...
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Commented: Bugs out. Hi - for large openings like this a horizontal rolling screen works best. They are usually third party "after-market" products (check Phantom and Centor), but many mfrs. are starting to inte...
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