Remodels & Makeovers

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1908 Edwardian

Built in 1908 this Edwardian really needed work and the new owner hired Sogno Design Group to revamp it. The kitchen/family room was bumped out the back, the attic became a 3rd floor guest suite, and the front porch was opened back up to a beautiful entry on the side. All new siding, windows, insulation, plumbing, wiring, bathrooms, and a huge kitchen - all in an old-fashioned style. The new tiled fireplace and tiled front porch with its restored columns and details make it a showplace.

1895 Berkeley Queen Anne – Total Remodel

Architect Courtney Miller. Exterior: most new siding, all new windows, doors, stairs and decks. Gutted the interior, all new flooring, insulation, wiring, plumbing.

1914 Berkeley Modern Craftsman – See Video

Architect Kathy Rogers of Sogno Design Group, Builder Lawrence Construction. This was a fabulous project from start to finish. It was a nondescript home before and Kathy Rogers totally transformed it to more than it ever had dreamed of being…new woodwork of wainscoting, trim and built-ins of the period…. I was the color consultant for the interior and exterior, using 16 colors on 3 floors.
This bungalow was just too small, although in a great location. The square footage was doubled by building a second story, adding a family room, and enlarging the kitchen. They got all new windows, foundation, roof, siding, stucco, decks, and slate fireplace. They kept the front door and the bay window. The first floor has cherry trim, including doors and wainscoting in the dining room that evoke the era of the original home. They were happy to have their dream home after waiting 18 years!
Hard to believe it's the same home, isn't it? It was stylish in 1978 and now it has great contemporary look. New paving, deck, roof, stucco, skylights, windows, porch, doors. I worked with the architect Maurice Levitch of Levitch Design/Build to choose the palette, inside and out. An outstanding design.

El Cerrito Remodel

The tired old brown and tan color scheme was a bit grim and dated. New Hardie fiberboard lap siding was installed and fabulous slate stone veneer shipped here at a reasonable price. They also put in a new garage door and a new front door. What a difference!

Mid-Century Remodel

These clients in Oakland were looking for less of a ranch and more of a mid-century look. The new windows are smaller to emphasize the linear aspect, and the rear addition added lots of space. Yes, we painted the brick. The three shades of gray make a stunning statement.

Oakland 2011 Remodel

I helped my clients choose the roof materials, the stone, anodized metal and the paint colors. It's a total new look.
This once beautiful Queen Anne had been neglected for many years. The new owners had limited resources, but they've taken the first steps to bring the home back to its former glory. Some of the original Victorian gingerbread was replaced, bought online. The new colors help accent some of the details like the brackets and moldings.