In The Basement
Named after the classic Etta James song, In The Basement was a complete remodel of the ground floor of a home in Berkeley. The project also included creating a Kitchen bar and removing the old stairwell wall and replacing it with a new, open stainless steel railing.
The name Saltbox refers to shape of the roof. The style originated in New England and was typically two stories in the front and one in the back making for a long sloped roof on one side. Here, the project's architect, Nhat Bui has adapted the style to a one story in-law unit. The exterior features pre-colored Hardi-Plank cement board siding, a Yellow Cedar Glu-lam porch trellis and a custom wrap around bench out of Pakari TMD (thermally modified decking). Inside features custom floor to ceiling cabinets to either side of a four panel sliding glass entry, a full bath with laundry, a bedroom with custom built bed and a walk in closet and room under the vaulted ceiling for a loft space all in just 408 sq. ft. (for more images and drawings see nhatbui.com
Treehouse is the nickname given to this project by it's architect Nhat Bui. It was a total re-envisioning of the front porch and front yard area. The old front porch had layers upon layers of material that had been added by previous owners and was rotting away underneath. We tore out all of the old, decayed wood and house framing and rebuilt the front wall under the front door. A new, properly flashed front door was installed. The new porch and stairs are free-standing to avoid any chance of water intrusion to the main house in the future. (for more images see nhatbui.com)
San Rafael, CA
Dutch Door is simply that, a new Dutch-style front door for a home designed by Joseph Eichler. We worked with the home owner to design this fully custom door. The main material is clear Western Red Cedar.
Mom Shed was the first project we did with the architect Nhat Bui. It's an all new 325 square foot 'in-law' unit with radiant heating in the floor and all custom cabinetry built on-site by us. (for more images see nhatbui.com)
Palm Springs, CA
This was the first project I designed and built upon moving to California. Long lengths of ipe were used and bent to fit the contours of an existing patio.