Black Creek Builders

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Kitchens & Bathrooms

Manzanita Avenue, Oakland

For this 1970’s home, spectacularly situated in the Oakland hills, we performed the prototypical kitchen remodel. After obtaining the necessary permits and properly preparing and protecting the site, we removed all of the original cabinets, countertops and wall coverings down to the studs. 

Architect

Andrew Lee

Engineer

Larry Wong

We moved walls to open up the layout of the space and put in all new framing, plumbing, and electrical. We also painted the new walls, refinished the floor, hung new lighting and installed new appliances, fixtures, and finishes.

The homeowner chose beautiful, budget-friendly, mid-grade, custom wooden cabinets and a silver backsplash with a distinctive texture, to give the new kitchen an updated modern feel.

In addition to the kitchen remodel, we performed a unique structural repair. In order to maximize the view, the entire west wall of the living room is floor-to-ceiling glass. The main wooden beam connected to the glass and supporting the 15-foot-high roofline was rotting. Because the beam runs along the entire length of the house, inside and outside, it would have been cost prohibitive to replace it.  So, together with architect Andrew Lee and engineer Larry Wong, we designed, custom-fabricated, and installed a highly specialized solution involving a steel plate wrapped in wood—a surgical strategy, like healing a broken bone with a metal rod.  

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