This residence is located in the historic district of Los Gatos, California. The original single story home sat on a tiny lot and was about 600 square feet. The owner wanted to double its size, but this area of the city has very limiting restrictions. The only solution was to add another story, but due to the historic nature of the house, we were not allowed to remove that much of the house. Instead we detached the house from its foundation, jacked it up, built a new first floor underneath it, lowered the existing house down and attached it all together. The owner was very pleased with the final result.
Brian Bishop, Architect, photo credit