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Cool & Efficient

Cool & Efficient

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    Arkin Tilt improved the home's livability and efficiency and connected it to the outdoors, while maintaining a Victorian charm.

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Courtesy Arkin Tilt Architects

    BEFORE: The nearly 100-year-old Victorian farmhouse had good bones, but over the years poor remodeling choices left it with little charm and "thermally challenged."

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    The new, open kitchen is the heart of the renovation with views of the garden in every direction. PRODUCTS: Custom concrete countertops by Bohemian Stoneworks; Bosch dishwasher; Bertazzoni range; Hardware from Schlage, Baldwin, Haefele; Loewen entry doors; flooring is reclaimed Douglas Fir

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    The original rafters in the kitchen are exposed and topped with salvaged fir bleacher seating. A south-facing clerestory brings light deep into the space.

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    The Zen-inspired lower bath is connect to the outdoors through rich colors and textures and a tub overlooking the garden. PRODUCTS: plumbing fittings from Toto, Kohler, Waterworks, Chicago Faucet; fittings from Stone Forest, Toto, Kohler

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    With exposed fir framing and clay plastered walls, the spacious dining room is the new social focus of the house. The custom dining table was created from salvaged bowling lane.

  • Architect/Designer: David Arkin & Anni Tilt, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, Calif. Contractor: Andy Bannister & Zac Douch, Earthtone Construction, Sebastopol, Calif.

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    Edward Caldwell

    The new dining area opens out to the garden via folding doors. The deep porch shades it from hot afternoon summer sun.

Priorities

  • Connect the home to the garden; improve efficiency; maintain the home’s Victorian charm

Solutions

The covered porch — separated from the new dining room by a 14-foot-wide multi-fold door — shades the interior and has a countertop and sink. Two-inch rigid insulation applied to the exterior plus new windows throughout improve livability and efficiency. The team increased attic insulation and installed an “ice-house” ventilated roof, which helps keep the spaces below comfortable. The new kitchen and dining room feature ample south-facing windows. The windows on the older part of the home were installed from the exterior, to retain the historic interior molding.

Judges’ comments

The judges liked how the design team “extend[ed] the spaces of the house by making a complete wraparound veranda”; played with contrasting materials; and created warmth with a timbered ceiling. “[The project] is beautiful and appropriately furnished. They got the palette to make sense.” —Stacey Freed, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Toto; Kohler; Waterworks; Chicago Faucet

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Stone Forest; Toto; Kohler;

Countertops: Bohemian Stoneworks

Dishwasher: Bosch

Entry doors: Loewen

Hardware: Schlage; Baldwin; Haefele

HVAC: ThermalBoard

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Kohler

Kitchen sink: Shaw

Lighting fixtures: Noguchi; WAC; Jamie Young; Stonco

Oven: Viking

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Plaster: American Clay

Siding: James Hardie

Washer/dryer: Bosch

Windows: Loewen