jameshillarchitect | REGENT STREET, ROCKRIDGE


An original Oakland Craftsman bungalow is transformed with new Arts and Crafts kitchen, wet bar, bath and stair. Existing Craftsman elements and furnishings in the living and dining room are recycled, refurbished, and repeated with new sympathetic elements added by contemporary California craftsmen.  The opening between dining and kitchen is re-adjusted to provide an easier connection passing by the butler’s pantry/wet bar on the way.  The refurbished buffet becomes a focal point for display.
The unique and richly detailed Arts and Crafts kitchen is designed by fine cabinetmaker Edmund Deraedt.  The hall is brightened by skylight, display shelf and light descending down the new stairs going up to the attic addition.  The cold air return is concealed in a wood grille in the bottom three steps.

Upstairs, a former attic space is developed to add a Master Bedroom suite and small entertainment room in character with the existing period detailing.  Board and batten paneling adds texture to soften and frame the bed wall, where just outside, a new deck is carved out of the existing roof, adding light and garden flowers while preserving privacy.

Space is found overlooking the skylit stair to spotlight the stain glass work of a contemporary craftsman.