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Demand for affordable housing skyrocketed in the East Bay and across California during the 1950s and 1960s. Tract homes were mass produced like crazy. This single family 4 bedroom/2 bath suburban rancher is no exception. Never updated, the kitchen and family room were dark and compartmentalized.

To transform this kitchen/great room, we removed a portion of the existing roof. When we rebuilt it, we turned the ridge 90 degrees, creating a light-filled open beam ceiling and gable, with a wall of unobstructed glass to the backyard. We installed a high-efficiency HVAC system, hardwood flooring, and tubular skylights. Replacing the majority of the electrical system, plumbing, appliances, fixtures, finishes, cabinetry, countertops, and recessed and pendant lighting.

We performed a Home Energy Upgrade to ensure the home would be comfortable season to season and save energy. During construction, we air sealed the walls and ceiling as well as injecting cellulose insulation to achieve maximum performance. Accomplishing a continuous and complete building envelope. As part of the upgrade, we also installed an efficient tankless water heater with a recirculating pump.

*Photo: Remodeled kitchen/great room as part of a whole house remodel. Walnut Creek, California. By Beckner Contracting & Management, Inc.

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