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1111 Shattuck Street

Serina took on this project in 2008 just 1 year before she launched Syncopated Architecture, when she was still working at Levy Design Partners.


This project was a renovation of an existing house in the Berkeley hills. The clients father, Bill Riddle, had completed floor plans and a basic drawing package but was unable to work on the final details, finishes, and on-site coordination. Serina took over to help with all the finish selections, detailing, and crafting precise layouts for the kitchens, bathrooms, windows, and fixtures. She would arrive at the site every Friday at 7am before  work to meet with the team and produce critical sketches of each design feature.

Together we transformed this two-story Spanish  Mediterranean home on a steep hill with only one-level of habitable space into a beautiful 2-story oasis with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a fresh Modern feel. 

The synthesis between Architect, Owner, and Contractor on this project was very special. We all worked together in perfect sync to achieve the client's beautiful vision for this project. 


The contractor worked hard to hit all the challenging alignments of shelving, cabinets, and tile. To get all these alignments right, they had to plan way ahead. In some cases the concrete placement affected the finish materials. Fractions of inches mattered in this project and they did a terrific job nailing the challenging tolerances. Also, they had their own in-house cabinet shop to make all the gorgeous custom mahogany cabinets throughout the project.

Serina forged a beautiful friendship with these clients that endures to this day. 



Single Family






Engineering Sketch

Contributing Architect 

Image by Evgeniy Alyoshin


Lawrence Construction


Image by Andrew Hutchings


Eyetone - Eric Holm

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