Rockridge Blvd.

Rockridge Blvd, Oakland

Shingle-style Historic Craftsman (Whole House Renovation, Kitchen Remodel)

As architects, we often work in collaboration with other design and construction professionals. For the whole-house renovation of this original 1910 Craftsman, Amato Architecture partnered with the client’s interior designer, Emily Finch, to realize the shared vision of an updated, bright, flowing space that remains true to the historic character of the home. Amato kicked off the project with a floor plan that opened up the dark, fragmented kitchen, water closet and former au pair’s quarters, tearing down walls to create a long, beautiful, open kitchen and family room with generous access to the backyard. We added precisely aligned natural wood beams to the kitchen ceiling for a warm accent tying the new rooms to the living and dining room—while new paint in those rooms lightened up dark wood walls and built-ins. A reconfigured staircase, relocated laundry room, en-suite bathrooms for all and a large primary bathroom transformed the upstairs into a sunny haven. While Amato has a hand in all “fixed” features of the house (floorplan, windows, cabinets, countertops, lighting, stairs and railings, doors), the designer coordinated with finishes, tiles, lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware, furniture, pillows and even linens —a close collaboration that made for a smooth renovation process and a fresh, remodeled home that remains true to its history.

Contractor: Whitney Collins
Interior Designer: Emily Finch
Photographer: Alanna Hale