Budget Breakdown: A Former Berkeley Commune Is Surgically Renovated for $944K

A close-knit team seismically retrofits and reimagines a 1905 residence that had suffered through years of shoddy work.

Located on a peaceful street just five blocks from downtown Berkeley, Eric and Miko Gellerman’s three-level, cedar-shingled home has had several past lives: When it was originally built in 1905, it was a two-story cottage with a gable roof, which was later subdivided and remodeled with piecemeal, non-permitted work. In the ’60s, it served a stint as a commune with a bathroom-turned-darkroom rumored to have been used by landscape photographer Ansel Adams.

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Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
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Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo, Manila, and is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, Oregon.


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