Ground Level Guest + Play Space

Berkeley, CA


Levitch excavates to create new Guest Room/playroom and Bathroom at the ground level of this Berkeley home.


Completed Project

Ground Level Guest + Play Kitchen to stair
Ground Level Guest + Play Playroom to stair
Ground Level Guest + Play Arch to Stair
Ground Level Guest + Play Bath
Ground Level Guest + Play Bath shower detail

Project Details

Location: Berkeley, CA

The clients wanted to create a playroom and guest area, so we excavated to convert the lower floor of the home to living space.

  • New drainage and a waterproofing system are important to keep it comfortable and dry.
  • Levitch borrows space at the corner of the Kitchen, which the owners had remodeled previously, to create a new stair to the lower level.
  • The new space features storage under the stairs near the play area, two Bedrooms, and Laundry at the garage.
  • The Bathroom has cheerful tile and a curbless shower.
  • Levitch incorporates details like arched openings so it doesn’t feel like a basement even though the flooring is concrete.
  • There are sustainable materials at the main level, and Levitch worked with the owners to use reclaimed wood for the lower level sills.


Photography by Treve Johnson