Introducing the Hillhaus – the loup

Introducing the Hillhaus

our new house at sunset

What a year it’s been. For most, 2016 was a dumpster fire, and we weren’t much better off – our family had our share of unexpected disappointments and change. We navigated job upheaval, moved to a wonderful (but expensive!) temporary rental in San Francisco, and continued to push forward with our plans to build a prefab on our newly acquired plot of land in Oakland. Unfortunately, our dream of building our prefab home came to a halt as our architects finalized plans extremely over budget — I can’t elaborate much on that point, as we’re still investigating what type of recourse we have after sinking thousands of dollars into design fees based on unkept promises. Needless to say I wouldn’t recommend them and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have over email, just get in touch.

As they say, everything happens for a reason. Once we knew building was no longer in our cards, we took a hard look at our lives in California and realized we still wanted to give homeownership in the Bay Area a shot. We went back into the crazy real estate market, and by some insane stroke of luck, ended up being able to purchase a home in the Oakland Hills that bears a striking resemblance to what we wanted to build. We couldn’t be happier with our new home, an architectural wonder built in the 70s.

the great room, staged to sell

We saw the house on two separate weekends and didn’t want to get our hopes up too much. Somehow everything worked out, and we were able to move in 2 days before Christmas! The mid-century modern bones are a beautiful canvas to the eucalyptus trees outside and we’re host to a family of turkeys that walks down our hill in the morning. There’s updating I want to do and I’m excited to share lots of DIY projects and space planning with you! We’re really focusing on doing things sustainably and not incurring a ton of waste out of respect to the original home, and to the environment.

view from the deck

Quite a Christmas present we had, and we are still pinching ourselves. Here’s to a happy new year to you and let’s hope 2017 is less tumultuous all around.

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