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Stunning mid-century modern home renovation in Berkeley Hills

This decaying mid-century modern home in Berkeley Hills, California home was remodeled and restored by San Francisco-based architects . Built in the 1960s of redwood siding and concrete block, the home was weathered and rotting, with a black, decayed pond in the courtyard. It was dark and dingy and falling apart. The homeowner, Derek Holley, lived in faraway place such as Berlin, Tuscany and Manila (where he made a fortune in the call center business) and wished for a place for his family to call home.

The owners split their residency between an apartment in Siena, Italy and the US and wanted their home to reflect true California living. Despite the obvious cosmetic challenges, the 2,700 square foot home was structurally sound. It had a wonderful open floor plan and the interior was filled with old-growth redwood shelving and paneling that could be repurposed in the remodel. The home boasted uninterrupted views of the Bay Area and Golden Gate Bridge from two levels, the main living level and the bedroom level below.

Living lightly on the land was very important to the Holley family, who are both active outdoor types that have few possessions and low carbon footprints, they wished for simplicity. They wished to reuse as much of the house as possible, a home that reflected sustainability and style. A mix of modern minimalism and earthy and warm. The renovation includes a voluntary seismic upgrade, envelope and energy efficiency upgrades, and enhanced daylight and panoramic views.

A new landscaped entry courtyard creates a wind sheltered entertaining space and garden. Interior plan changes include a new en-suite master bath, and expanded stairwell as well as a home gym and bicycle storage for Derek who is an avid bicyclist. NanaWall doors spanning the width of the house allow seamless flow from inside to out, and railings are designed to be visually quite. A restored redwood wall anchors the design and creates a new heart for the lightened interior.

What We Love: This mid-century modern home offers its inhabitants an indoor-outdoor living experience with incredible views. The renovation has brought new life into this home, enhancing the overall aesthetic and making this home warm and welcoming. We are loving the bright pops of color in an otherwise neutral palette, infusing some personality into the interior living spaces… Readers, please let us know your thoughts on the design of this home, are there any details that you would have done differently?

Note: Have a look at a couple of other home tours that we have featured from the portfolio of YamaMar Design: Modern family home is an urban oasis in San Francisco and Mid-century modern residence in Berkley Hills gets artfully transformed.

Photos: Bruce Damonte

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Erin

Beautiful modern design inside and out. The design highlights the amazing views as well. Very nice.