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October 15, 2015
This 1958 home is everything a family could ever want back then—and now, with some minor modifications.
Facade of Bay Area renovation by Buttrick Projects.

In order to preserve the look of the original design, the house was stripped down to its post and beam structure and reassembled. Essentially every wall, surface, door and window was rebuilt or retouched. 

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Hallway of Bay Area midcentury modern renovation by Buttrick Projects.

Preserving much of the original floor plan meant keeping this long hallway leading to most of the bedrooms. 

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Facade and carport of Bay Area midcentury modern renovation by Buttrick Projects.

Buttrick converted the original carport into additional bedrooms and bathrooms; to replace it, he designed a new carport even further up the slope from the house. 

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Living room with Eames Sofa Compact in Bay Area Midcentury Modern renovation by Buttrick Projects.

Buttrick pays homage to the home’s midcentury bones with an Eames “Sofa Compact.” When asked to describe the interior aesthetic, the architect explained that it very much embodies most Eamesian principles of design. 

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Navy Emeco Chairs and custom lacquered table in Bay Area midcentury modern renovation by Buttrick projects.

In addition to the Eameses, the architect was also inspired by the early work of furniture designer Florence Knoll, and sought to design an interior space that intuitively related to the rest of the architecture. The dining room features “Navy” Emeco chairs and a custom lacquered wood top dining table. 

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Deck of midcentury modern Bay Area renovation by Buttrick Projects.

Adding several more buttresses to the living and dining area reinforces the visual connection to the view and deck

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Cantilever of midcentury modern renovation in Bay Area by Buttrick Projects.

The entire house cantilevers over the slope and features quintessentially midcentury modern features such as a wider private front facade and a butterfly-esque roof. 

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Facade of Bay Area renovation by Buttrick Projects.

In order to preserve the look of the original design, the house was stripped down to its post and beam structure and reassembled. Essentially every wall, surface, door and window was rebuilt or retouched. 

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For Jerome Buttrick of Oakland based Buttrick Projects, the aim of this renovation was simply to update an already well-designed midcentury home. Situated on a steeply sloping lot, the home boasts views of the Bay from the comfort of a sheer buttressed living room, a move inspired by the one from the original plan. Keeping much of the original layout, the extensive remodel involved replacing almost every wall to introduce modern insulation, appliances and materials. Not only has the remodel made room for the kids, it also incorporated subtly sustainable features such as sun shading eaves and operable windows. As Buttrick explains, “The original project was a future forward-looking stage for domestic life that remains relevant today.” 

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