Amy and Tom owned a 743-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home that was built in 1943. That’s tiny, and it just didn’t work for the owners and their goals.
Those goals were clear. When asked what they wanted, they explained that they wanted a home for “growing old in.”
“We want to add a new, larger living area with a redesigned kitchen,” they said, “add a bathroom for the second bedroom, enlarge the original bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary, and convert the attic to accommodate two home offices.”
The answer, in this case, was a new modern custom home that we designed and built from the ground up.
El Cerrito is a smaller city with easy access to San Francisco. Many of the homes are small, old cottages that were built very quickly to serve the booming Kaiser Shipyards during WWII. In fact, a few clients have shown us where steel spare parts from the shipyards were used to build the homes themselves!
Amy and Tom were thrilled to move into their new, larger home built right on the property they already owned.
At New Avenue, we’ve guided homeowners through hundreds of similar projects. Everyone has different goals for their property, and we’ve seen it all. It’s our pleasure to make the building process easier for anyone who wants to add value to their property.
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