Valley House by Baran Studio Architecture
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Project size: 1,986 sf
Program: The house was built on alongside an existing home in a single lot, located at an intersection between a residential street and a busy thoroughfare. The site is also adjacent to a former Southern Pacific Rail line, with the scar of the tracks still visible in the landscape. Given those conditions, the architects designed a house that considered light, air, and privacy within the context of the neighboring structure and the active street.
Location: Berkeley, California
Solution: The architecture borrows from the industrial qualities of the railway to echo the site’s former use. Corrugated metal wraps down the roof and exterior wall that face the former train line, while the front side expresses the pitch of the roof, tying the structure to a more traditional house form. The interior’s open plan features high vaulted ceilings and lofty spaces.
Construction and materials: The structure comprises standard wood framing—typical of many homes in the area, but eliminates features such as collar ties in order to express the roof pitch on the interior. Off-the-shelf materials are used in inventive ways.
Completion date: December 2014
Baran Studio Architecture
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Matthew Baran, AIA, Principal, Architect
Architect of record: Matthew Baran
Engineers: Seri Ngernwattana, Structural Engineer
General contractor: CS Construction
Photographer: Peter Lyons, 415-317-2542
Concrete Foundation with Wood Frame
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Primarily off the shelf or custom fabricated components.
Wood: Cedar T&G at entry
Moisture barrier: Building Paper
Other cladding unique to this project: Galvanized, corrugated sheet steel
Tile/shingles: Composite Shingle
Metal frame: IWC Aluminum Windows
Glass: Low E, double pane
Entrances: Solid Core Wood Doors from Associated Building Supply
Wood doors: Solid Core Wood Doors from Associated Building Supply
Sliding doors: IWC
Upswinging doors, other: Clopay Garage Door
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Ikea
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Solid surfacing: Quartz Countertops, Granite Expo
Floor and wall tile: Import Tile, Bathrooms
Interior ambient lighting: CB2 Pendants
Downlights: Halo Recessed Cans