Dan Smith and Dietmar Lorenz at DSA Architects believe that any house in California should be close to net-zero energy, especially new construction. They also have the know how to back up this goal. Dan and Dietmar are experts in net-zero design and construction with a savvy eye towards cost effectiveness. The golden rule is
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JULY 1ST 1-3pm. Berkeley CA. RSVP to Attend This Berkeley client lives in the Elmwood Neighborhood in Berkeley and inherited what was once a beautiful carriage house in the backyard. Over several decades the early 1900 construction wore down and rotted into an unusable structure that was unsafe and barely fit for
Who doesn’t love fresh herbs? If you have the patience and a meager minute every few days to spare, one thing you can invest in are indoor mini-gardens. As the name suggests, these are accessible, portable gardens you would set up inside your home. With minimal effort and skill, one can have year-round fresh herbs
The kitchen is such an important part of the home. For many families, it’s the hub of daily activity from cooking to mealtime to homework to game night. For single adults and couples, it’s a place for planning schedules, preparing meals, and socializing. It even doubles as a home office for many people. Although most
One of our goals when helping clients choose finish items for their new home or cottage is to find and recommend high quality products with a high value to price relationship. We want the interior finishes choices to reflect our design and engineering focus on sustainability and longevity. Among our favorite recommendations is Fireclay Tile.
According to Zillow’s “automated valuation model”, New Avenue’s eco home in Palo Alto is worth $1,025,000! At New Avenue we have been lucky to have great clients from all types of neighborhoods embrace backyard cottages and second units. One of our biggest surprises is that the more expensive a home is, the more likely the
Consider televisions and computer monitors. You may be thinking of two discrete devices: one dedicated television broadcast programming, the other dedicated to office work. Functionally, however, they both project moving picture. As a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, I’ve experienced a smaller living-situation in triple-room student housing and have seen my friends’ adaptations to cramped