Buena Vista
4000 sf, 5BR/ 3.5BA, Berkeley CA
Heath Dwell Patterns 'Little Diamonds' tile, Ann Saks hex marble tile, white Oak floors, cast concrete floors and fireplace
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Nestled on a secluded property in the Berkeley Hills, this mid-century modern house was originally designed by Ratcliff, Slama & Catwalader for Robert Scalapino, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of Political Science (d. 1990) and founding director of the Institute of East Asian Studies. Our client purchased the home in 2012 and commissioned YAMAMAR to envision a master plan for the house and grounds which could be implemented in phases. The client was looking to remodel the house with an eye toward a minimal look that put art and photography at the center.

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The existing 3-story house had an unusually beautiful original cast concrete fireplace which YAMAMAR restored. Glass courtyard doors and cast concrete floors are also original. We carved out a new master bedroom and en suite bathroom, and re-imagined Kitchen, Dining, Kids Bath, Powder Room, and Office spaces. Flow up and down the house was improved, and a new look and feel was introduced using geometric tile textures, steel fireplace accents, stained oak wood flooring, and restored double wood beams at the vaulted Living Room ceiling.

Architecture YamaMar Design David Yama, Robert Soo Hoo
contractor U-Unlimited

interior design Alison Damonte Design

artwork Lucy Raven

photography Bruce Damonte