North Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry

Berkeley, CA


Nature-inspired entry stairs with a custom metal railing and small deck replace steep stairs creating a more graceful entrance to the home.



Berkeley Nature-Inspired (E) side
Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry (E) stair
Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry (E) stair side view

Completed Project

Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry stair oblique view
Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry stair to home
Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry lower stair
Berkeley Nature-Inspired entry deck
Berkeley Nature-Inspired Entry railing detail

Project Details

Location: Berkeley, CA

Year Built: 2015

The client wanted to utilize the front yard better and replace their steep entry stairs.

  • Levitch created a more graceful winding stair and added a small deck at the top that’s a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or the sunset.
  • We used minimal concrete over wood frame construction to reduce weight and potential waterproofing concerns while maintaining a traditional look in keeping with the home.
  • Since the entry upgrades were done in conjunction with landscaping, the owner wanted something that looked organic. We introduced the owner to an architectural metalsmith and created different models for the railing before the owner chose a final design.


Photography by Treve Johnson