“Open floor plans are in high demand, so we look for homes with kitchen and eating spaces or kitchen and living spaces divided by a wall we can tear out,” Dvorak says. It’s a relatively easy demolition that changes the entire floor plan.
“Everyone loves a good view, so we try to find undiscovered opportunities to embrace one,” he says. The potential for a view from a future rooftop deck and terraced outdoor spaces are examples of what he considers.
Space is always at a premium, but when you can’t get it, Dvorak looks for the chance to lift or vault the ceiling to add airiness. Bonus points for high ceilings in public rooms like the living room or kitchen.
“Curb appeal is always important,” Dvorak says. “Restoring vintage windows, adding new vintage redwood, and painting a house historically correct colors delivers big bang for the buck.”
“Convenience adds value,” Dvorak says. “We look for chances to add modern conveniences, like a laundry shoot from upstairs to downstairs.”