C Residence, Bonny Doon, CA
New home, Permit ready, 2345 sf. CZU Fire replacement

With this tragedy came the hope for renewal. The program was to design a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath open plan home, stylistically Berkeley/Bay Area, assuring single level aging-in-place features, as fire resistant and energy efficient as practical, while taking advantage of new ocean views (as the trees burned away).

While looking more Ranch in style than a classic Berkeley hillside home, this plan was chosen as a best fit to the site, views, accessibility, and cost. To this, as observed over time with fire rebuilds, there seems to be a cost escalation that comes with disasters.

Elements to notice: Double framed 2×4 walls with blow in insulation chosen to efficiently and economically create the external wall element; vaulted ceilings throughout; arched shape in Section A is a Madrone log*; and 2x steel tube eave brackets. Overhangs were chosen to provide shading, protect the upper portion of walls, and have ‘exposed’ rafter tails with character (a la Berkeley Hillside homes from 1900-1930, in particular). But with fire resistance a priority this version of eave ‘expression’ was designed.

The floor plan: (Click to enlarge)