Category Archives: Berkeley Architecture

Jarvis Architects in The SF Chronicle

Jarvis Architects was included in an article in the SF Chronicle about the recently completed Enclave building in Berkeley. The whimsical mixed-use building was originally designed by Kirk Peterson and Jarvis Architects was brought on in 2016 to revise the exterior perspective (pictured below). Read the full article here.

2015 BAHA Award

In May 2015, Jarvis Architects won a Preservation Award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for our work on the William Bunker House in Berkeley.  The Claremont home, located on Parkside Drive, was noted at the awards ceremony for its exemplary exterior renovation.  Architects Robin Pennell and Lisa Trujillo collaborated with contractor Columba Duffy and the homeowners to cast this Craftsman bungalow in a contemporary light.

The remodel, restoration and addition kept all of the old and wonderful aspects of the home–such as its original diamond double hung windows–while dispensing with many timeworn formalities–such as the matrix of closed rooms and narrow hallways that comprised its floor plan.  Light-filled and open, the updated home provides the family with an integrated floor plan, allowing for fluid relationships between different spaces. Ultimately, the home feels more ‘original’ and traditional than it has in almost a century, and most authentic to its inhabitants.


Adding Flair With Flare

Oakland home gets an update with flare from added shingling


Located on Parkside Drive in Berkeley, this house originally had shingles exclusively on the upper level, and stucco on the lower and main level exterior.  The decision to shingle down to the lower level provided a challenge: how to design a transition to the main level stucco, while incorporating a bay window-level water table, without appearing disjointed?  The answer was the addition of a delicate flare detail, which was extended out to the depth of the water table.  The graceful curve of the shingled surface functions both practically and aesthetically by smoothing the transition between surfaces, and integrating the water table as a design element.


Above: water table and flare detail


The plan was to paint the shingles according to the design of the original house.  However, when the natural shingles were installed they were just too beautiful to paint, so the decision was made to stain them instead.  Keeping the shingles natural was a fantastic decision on the part of the homeowners.

Addition and Remodel

In Your Neighborhood – Craftsman Traditional

This upper story addition was featured in the Jarvis Architects 2011 Calendar. The home is a Craftsman Traditional morphing into a more Contemporary look and plan as it steps back up the hill. It is a wonderful example of the architecture reflecting the clients needs and personal style while respecting the original home and the fabric of the neighborhood.

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