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Mid-Century Modern House, Tiburon CA

July 1, 2013

McCutcheon honored as NARI’s Contractor of the Year 2012 for Mid-Century Modern home rennovation.

Mid-century modern home remodeling projects are typically not the types that create headlines. But late last month, at its annual awards celebration in Dallas, Texas, the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) presented its Contractor of the Year award (entire house, project exceeding $1 million) to McCutcheon Construction of Berkeley for a project completed in May 2011: the entire makeover of mid-century modern home in Tiburon, California that had not been modified since its construction. Originally built in the 1950s, the house – just 2,000 square feet in size – had been inherited by a long-term resident of San Francisco, who questioned whether the residence could ever be compelling enough to lure her out of the City. But in the end, that’s exactly what happened.

Renown designer John Wheatman of San Francisco created the overall aesthetic for this remodel, which was managed by Michael McCutcheon of Yosemite Road, who is the President of McCutcheon Construction. Other notable sub-contractors involved in the project were Wooden Window of Oakland, Chistman Electrical of Napa, and Greg Rossi Tile of Martinez.

Essential to the success of this remodel, the entire home was reconsidered to optimize usability, indoor-outdoor livability, and proximity to glorious views of the San Francisco Bay and the City beyond. Many aspects of this project were relatively minor in scale. In fact, all construction was managed within the original roofline of the structure. Even so, the transformation was dramatic.

In the new entry, a 90-degree corner was rounded off to maximize the flow of the home and to invite the eye into the next living space and the Bay beyond. The kitchen was also reconsidered and compressed slightly to make room for a greatly expanded living room.

Enhancing the curbside appeal, the windows facing the street were reshaped, and French doors were added to a front-facing balcony modernized with glass panels. Also, what once was a carport was enclosed and outfitted with a wet bar and a sliding barn door (opening up to the back yard) doubling the utility of this storage area as entertainment space. This improvement also benefited the project by increasing the visual focus on the front door. French doors were also added in the back to improve access to a large deck – yet another outdoor entertainment space.

“We are honored by this award,” commented McCutcheon before elaborating, “And proud that our workers brought out the best in this property. It turned out to be a real gem.”

-Photo Courtesy of Berkeley Times


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