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Margarido Drive, Oakland

Magnificent Rockridge Mediterranean

Modern Mediterranean remodel in upper Rockridge: This client’s aura shined bright from the moment of our first interaction. From that day on, bringing our A-Game was easy. An easy-going collaborative relationship and love for design led to one of my best building experiences to date. I knew that LMB Interiors was the best design team for such a special client—the rest is history! From 2018 to the conclusion in 2022 we worked diligently, transforming areas and spaces within this magnificent home. Having the trust of your client is every builder’s hope. This client trusted and valued my knowledge and expertise and genuinely loved the building process.

For functionality, we added modern conveniences that were inspired to fit seamlessly with the beauty of the home’s historic architecture while striving to keep the mediterranean feel where it mattered most. Fun special touches built around the family’s pets and kids added creative elements in the kitchen such as a cat cubby and a television concealed in a custom cabinet in the adjacent family room. The television was equipped with a hydraulic lift, built into a formerly outdated niche that housed an entertainment console. The unifying design elements seen in the kitchen and the family room work to tie the spaces together with the beautiful elegance of the European style, slim-Shaker custom walnut paneled wood cabinetry with proud borders. Balanced with both natural wood grain and clean seamless whites in the kitchen. We added a new coffee bar area with a separate sink, which extended the kitchen to a formerly awkward and unused space between the kitchen and dining room. We integrated the arches of the coved ceiling in the design as well, making for a stunning transition from ceiling to cabinetry. This design element carried through with the integrated hood which is finished in a plaster finish to look as though it is one with the ceiling and walls, giving it a textural difference from the cabinetry.

In the bathrooms, we added rich blues and natural walnut, magnificent marble elements flowing around the tub, custom arched medicine cabinets and beautiful full height walk-in showers, showcasing our level of attention to detail.

I love it when teamwork pays off in such a big way. Working with LMB Interiors is always such a treat. Their design integrates clean, contemporary architectural elements with styling selections that emphasize materials that are natural and handmade. The result is a welcoming feeling of warmth married with a modern sensibility, a perfect update for the heart of the house.

Location: Rockridge, CA
Designer: LMB Interiors
Cabinetry: Wilson & Sons, Inc.
Kitchen Photos: Mo Saito
Bathroom Photos: Kurt Manley

Special thanks to Laura Martin Bovard and Hannah Gipperich of LMB Interiors, Old Town Electrical, Greg Rossi Tile, Albini Hardwood Floors, Inc., Gutierrez Painting, Co., Marble European Style, Inc., Travalini, Inc., Patriot Mechanical, Inc., Berkeley Glass, Carrillos Iron Works, Armando Plastering, Plumbing Pro, Truitt & White windows, and doors, McHale’s Environmental Insulation, Inc.