Before & After: An Architect Upgrades a Blah Berkeley Bungalow With a Stylish Addition

By Lydia W Lee
By adding 450 square feet of space, architect Rudabeh Pakravan was able to completely reimagine her family’s 1926 home in West Berkeley, California.

After living in the modest two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow for 12 years, Rudabeh Pakravan knew all the possible ways to configure the space for guests. "Before the pandemic, there was always someone in our house—my in-laws, my parents, friends," says the architect, who shares the two-story home with her husband, Farbod; 16-year-old son, Mani; and their terrier, Otto. 

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