Loo-San Juan Renovation and Addition

Berkeley, California

• 2003 Preservation Award, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
• “2003 Great American Home Award,” National Trust for Historic Preservation, Old House Journal, The Original Restoration Magazine, December, 2003
• Preservation, The Magazine of the National Trust, November/December, 2003

Vintage Vision

This ca. 1890-95 Colonial Revival home was a “fixer upper.” The house was raised to create a family room in the basement and the scope of work eventually expanded to include kitchen and bathroom renovations as well as a rear veranda addition. All the home’s existing historic finishes and materials were retained and restored wherever possible and new Colonial light fixtures were installed throughout the home.

Interior finishes in the new family room match the original home. Wood floors, panel doors, and window seats in every room give the addition a sense of continuity with the upper floors. The final touch, after much paint mixing and debate, was a seven-color custom paint scheme for the exterior that highlights the craftsmanship and details of the original Colonial Revival residence.