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Kearney Street, Oakland

Dazzling Oakland ADU

A defunct detached garage gave yield to this incredible backyard ADU, the perfect space to house guests or just get away for some movies. These clients were such a joy to work for.

Clients always want to make sure they have the best builder for their project. Sometimes it comes down to personality, skill, or referrals.  This job was narrowly lost because my competitor apparently did nothing but build ADU’s.  I had yet to take on an ADU-specific project on my own, although I’d done every other form of construction imaginable. Yet doubt weighed heavily in their minds. I never forget the crushing feeling of losing out on great projects, especially ones where I feel so connected to the client and know deep in my soul that I will offer them the best overall experience.

To my delight, I was given a chance after being told they would be going a different route, and what a great privilege it was for me to demonstrate the power of me and my teams’ ability to do what we love doing most—BUILD.

Designed by Amato Architecture, this design was built around preserving the beauty of a Japanese Maple tree that was growing behind the original garage while building a structure that was in keeping with the newly remodeled main house with brilliant design features from LMB Interiors. The roof was redesigned to keep the integrity of this tree intact, with a two-tiered roofline and elegant finished look.

Project details include heated hydronic floors, salvaged Bamboo cabinetry that was partially saved from the main house with new pieces fabricated from scratch to match.  An easy breezy pass-through window from the kitchen to the backyard patio for hosting waffle parties, full kitchen and bathroom, loft storage with a custom pull-down ladder blended into the ceiling, a spectacular metal roof to match the main house, premium windows, doors, and much more.

Sometimes surprises happen, and on this project, we had a few! From working right on the property line with neighbors that were less than cordial, to city requirements that posed serious challenges, we worked every detail out and made sure everyone was taken care of.

Location: Joaquin Miller Oakland, CA
Architect: Amato Architecture
Cabinetry: Bamboo Cabinets by AlterEco
Kitchen Photos: Mo Saito
Photo Styling: Jason Jackson

Special thanks to our team: Laura Martin Bovard of LMB Interiors’ referral, Rebecca Amato of Amato Architecture, Old Town Electrical; Greg Rossi Tile; Albini Hardwood Floors, Inc.; Gutierrez Painting, Co.; Marble European Style, Inc.; Travalini, Inc.; Patriot Mechanical, Inc.; Berkeley Glass; Carrillos Iron Works; Armando Plastering; Plumbing Pro; Truitt & White Windows, and Doors; Sontag Construction, Inc.; Berkeley Roof Services; Broderson Concrete; McHale’s Environmental Insulation, Inc.