The start of construction is always exhilarating for us -- it's thrilling to see a project which we know so well through drawings start to become a real, built object. For our clients, however, I think it's both exhilarating AND terrifying. It's thrilling to finally begin construction, but once demo starts, someone with whom they have a new relationship (the contractor) has just torn off the back of their home. There's no going back.
This project in Berkeley broke ground last week. In the fall, they should be hosting Thanksgiving in their newly expanded home, with a new first floor rear addition containing a kitchen, eating area, and family room, and a new second story master suite.