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Montclair District, Oakland, California

Here’s a fantastic example of 3 Lights Design’s Collaborative Construction approach to design.

A contractor craftsman, and a practicing Buddhist, who was also part of a group of conscious investors, approached 3 Lights Designs to carry out a set of permit drawings. Even though the plans from a previous designer seemed mostly done, and even though they were building the project to sell, we insisted that he go through our Full-Spectrum Client Intake to get to know him better and to see the project through his eyes.

Instead of envisioning his own home, the contractor, who I would come to know as the “zen master craftsman”, envisioned a home for the ideal clients, creating a space, as he put it “that ‘sings’ when they walk into it.”

Guided by the vision, we all worked together, taking a fresh look a the project, revealing heretofore unseen opportunities that opened up the space, connected it more with the surrounding redwoods, repurposed materials from other historic Bay Area buildings, and, ultimately added 1,200 square feet of premium space without changing the footprint.

When it went up for sale, it was the hottest home on the market, ultimately adding over 40% to the original asking price.

The real secret: This was no “flip”. It was a labor of love to honor the materials, the talents of all the building professionals, the laborers, the building’s remarkable setting and, ultimate, to connect the home with the perfect clients, clients who would eventually said this in their offering letter to purchase the home:

“From the moment we walked in, we knew that this property was special and perfect for us. In fact, we have not stopped thinking or talking about since we first saw it. It is truly the first home we’ve seen that we love every detail: the way it feels open and cozy at the same time; the design of the kitchen and beautiful cabinetry; the abundance of light through the many windows and skylights; the master suite on the main level; the many thoughtful tech upgrades throughout; and of course the redwoods and that sunset view. There is literally nothing about the layout or the design that we want to change.”

Such is the power of intention, and the reason 3 Lights Design make the time to truly build transformative relationships with our both our clients and fellow building professions, so that the projects we co-create can truly sing!

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