Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Homes With History
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The Raiser's Edge
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  Oakland, California, doesn’t want for stately old Victorian houses, but heritage and zoning regulations often make them tough to renovate, particularly if you have an aesthetic depar-ture in mind. By raising the house, Mike McDonald was able to preserve the façade and create a modern new office space below.
    Oakland, California, doesn’t want for stately old Victorian houses, but heritage and zoning regulations often make them tough to renovate, particularly if you have an aesthetic depar-ture in mind. By raising the house, Mike McDonald was able to preserve the façade and create a modern new office space below.
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  Ian Read wanted the addition to reflect the time in which it was constructed, not the Victorian times in which the house was erected. The industrially styled doors situate the office space squarely in the 21st century.
    Ian Read wanted the addition to reflect the time in which it was constructed, not the Victorian times in which the house was erected. The industrially styled doors situate the office space squarely in the 21st century.
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  Read in his office.
    Read in his office.
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  The McDonalds enjoy the extra space afforded by their attic addition.
    The McDonalds enjoy the extra space afforded by their attic addition.
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  The kitchen looks toward Read's house.
    The kitchen looks toward Read's house.
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  The custom banister is a constant and classy reminder of the crafty designer, who is also godfather to the McDonalds' daughter, Erin.
    The custom banister is a constant and classy reminder of the crafty designer, who is also godfather to the McDonalds' daughter, Erin.
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