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Berkeley Zoning Ordinance Changes in favor of residential Accessory Dwelling Units

Carrie Shores has been to numerous Berkeley City Council and Berkeley Planning Commission meetings over the last several years to speak in favor of streamlining the permit process to add accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to existing single family residential properties.  In March 2015, Berkeley officials voted unanimously to reduce various barriers that have been identified […]

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Honey and Bud watch the concrete

The last set of pictures that Carrie sent were very reassuring in terms of the heating system: she designed radiant heating throughout the house.  I have noticed that every time I visit El Cerrito, I am always “freezing.” I remember living in San Francisco in the late sixties and early seventies, where Oren was born, […]

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Passover visit in Ohio!

The first week of April, Oren, Deb, Zev and Ari came to Cleveland for Passover. This is an unusual turnaround, because the normal visit takes place in El Cerrito; ironically, in all of our previous visits in the last four years, there has been nothing to see on the lot where the house now begins […]

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Concrete Pour Underway

  It might just be me, but the day concrete gets poured is exciting. Perhaps it is the elegant dance of the timed concrete trucks, the pump truck shooting the concrete into the awaiting forms or simply that it means the foundation to your house has just been created.  Either way it is progress and […]

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