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Emeryville Renovation: Part 1

In our latest Backstory series, we'll be previewing the loft renovation that will be the featured My House in Dwell's November issue—our first-ever online sneak peek. Here, Emeryville, California architect Peter Benoit will share the process behind customizing the San Francisco Bay area loft he shares with his wife, Lynda. Part 1: As it Was.



We had been looking for places for about a year when we finally found this loft. It had a lot that needed to be done—and undone—but the view and high ceilings really hooked us, and we knew that we could work with it. Here's how we lived in it for about five months, before we started the renovation.

All of the furniture here was staged, and this is what we saw when we first visited the loft. The previous owners put down a cheap vinyl mat flooring that just laid on top of the floor; it wasn’t even adhered. In the kitchen, they spread joint compound on the floor it to level the surface, which damaged the original concrete beneath. We knew that would be the first thing to go. I lifted up a section of it when I was there and thought, "yep, we’re getting rid of this."

Stay tuned for the next installment, where Peter—an architect—delves into the drawings, sketches, and plans he made for the master renovation, and watch as tarps go up while drywall and framing come down.

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