Julia Morgan Renovation

Built in 1919 and originally designed by famed architect Julia Morgan, this seven-bedroom Berkeley home was purchased by a family who charged Wade Design to breathe new life into its storied walls.  Its solid structure and classic design withstood the test of time, however the team took on the challenge of opening and connecting its main living spaces, primarily its closed-off kitchen, to create a more social, airy flow. The focal staircase in the home was also expanded to reach a third-floor attic space, with the original railing detail preserved and then re-created throughout. The attic was opened with dormers and converted to a family room, gym and guest bedroom to take in the sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. Every design and engineering detail throughout the home was given the utmost thought so that guests would be hard-pressed to discern its original shell, now enhanced to accommodate a family’s modern lifestyle.

In Collaboration With

Wade Design Team Nick Koelzer
Construction by Custom 6 Builders
Interior Design by Geremia Design
Photography by Laure Joliet
Landscape Design by Pine House Edible Gardens

It was an absolute joy to work with Luke, Ani, and the team.  They were fully committed to our vision – honoring the legacy of Julia Morgan while updating the home for a modern family. Brainstorming with Luke on how we could reimagine the space in a way that suited us, was extremely rewarding and creative. We felt very much a part of the process, and now a part of our home. The result is a space that flows beautifully.

Clients of the Julia Morgan Renovation

Wade Design was supportive every step of the way, from design, communications, project management and other gritty details. The project was on time and on budget, and we remain friends! We don’t know many people who can say that after a construction project, but we also don’t know many people who were lucky enough to work with Wade Design.

Clients of the Julia Morgan Renovation

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