Berkeley Open Plan Living

Berkeley, CA


The Owners, UC Berkeley alumni who live out of the area, purchased the home as a weekend getaway for Cal games. They knew they wanted to remodel the home to suit their needs and tastes, including a more open floor plan for entertaining and taking advantage of Bay views.

  • Levitch enlarged and remodeled the Kitchen including relocating an awkwardly placed refrigerator, and opened the Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms to each other.
  • A gray and white palette is the perfect foil to accents complementing Cal’s team colors.
  • We also remodeled two Bathrooms, and added a washer/dryer and a new tankless water heater.
  • In addition, we replaced some vinyl windows with ones that are more appropriate to the style of the home.
  • We worked with the tenant in the lower unit to be conscious of his needs while doing construction on this upper unit the Owners use.


“First and foremost, Maurice, Jeff and everyone at Levitch are just nice people. It was a pleasure to work with them from the beginning of design, down to the end of construction when all the little details had to be taken care of. We hired Levitch hoping the design to construction transition would be seamless, and it truly was. Maurice is a talented architect who also knows everything about construction, which can be a rarity! He transformed our living/kitchen/dining areas into one open space, maximized our kitchen counter/cabinet space in creative ways, and reconfigured our bathrooms to be more spacious and efficient. I’m very detail-oriented, and my endless questions were never too much for anyone on the Levitch team!

Our primary residence is actually in another state, and … we trusted them to take care of our house when we were not there, and they treated the space like it was their own.

Our project took a little longer than expected, but that was partially because I took my time on some decisions, and we did not pressure them at all given that this was not our primary residence… Levitch does…things the right way and doesn’t cut corners, and they do it with a smile on their faces. Everyone we worked with at Levitch, including their subcontractors, were genuinely nice people who did great work too. We definitely recommend Levitch, and would happily use them again if we ever needed to.”


Photography by Treve Johnson