W.A. Rose will be remodeling the Montclair home of one of our clients, so we retrofitted a space that he can live in during the construction. The loft is located in the heart of Uptown Oakland, a neighborhood known for its First Fridays/Art Murmur event and vibrant restaurant and bar scene. We turned the dark 1,200 sq.ft. space into a sleek, inviting, masculine studio apartment that will be our client’s interim new home. The apartment’s color palette is in beautiful soft shades of blonde, bronze and brown.
Our overarching challenge was making the most of a small space, and we worked closely with designer Darlene Isaacs to execute her design. We needed to accommodate a dishwasher and washer/dryer. To create a new kitchen area, we moved the sink, installed Cambria quartz countertops with a bronze tiled backsplash. We added a dishwasher and created enough space for a full-sized refrigerator. We adjusted the HVAC, plumbing and electrical for the new configuration and kept the original fluorescent lighting except for new LED lights in the bathroom. We also built in cabinets, a peninsula and installed a new range.
With an eye toward green construction, we were able to repair the lower level’s tongue and groove Douglas fir floors. The owner wanted to retain the rich look of the wood, so we removed those areas that were worn, infilled them with new fir, sanded and added a clear finish.
We completely reconfigured the bathroom. The owner wanted a roomy shower, so the sink and toilet were relocated to accommodate it. A pony wall on one side creates separation, while allowing light into the space. We laid new tile in the shower and floor, including accent tile in the shower. We installed carpeting in the upper bedroom area and reconfigured the closet to accommodate a stackable washer and dryer.
Because we had found some leaking during one of the Bay Area’s winter storms, we did some rooftop water testing to pinpoint the problem areas and made repairs.
Attractive, functional and accessible, our client is delighted with his cozy new loft.
Design: Darlene Isaacs; Photography: Ellyce Moselle