Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

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January 15, 2009
Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, but structurally shaky Victorian. Read Full Article
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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.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    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.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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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.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    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.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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  Read in his office.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    Read in his office.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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  The McDonalds enjoy the extra space afforded by their attic addition.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    The McDonalds enjoy the extra space afforded by their attic addition.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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  The kitchen looks toward Read's house.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    The kitchen looks toward Read's house.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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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.  Photo by: Jason Madara
    The custom banister is a constant and classy reminder of the crafty designer, who is also godfather to the McDonalds' daughter, Erin.

    Photo by: Jason Madara

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