This year’s self-guided tour on Sunday, September 24 12:30 to 5:30pm features nine stunningly renovated kitchens in a wide variety of design styles and living spaces, all in Oakland’s popular Rockridge district. Explore the “Roll-up House” with its clever tromp l’oeille architecture, and tour the main rooms of the Guy Hyde Chick house, designed a century ago by Bernard Maybeck and still fresh today.
You can buy tickets ahead of time online, or on College Avenue. On the day of the tour, you can purchase tickets at College Avenue Presbyterian. This is also the location where all ticket holders will pick up brochures and begin the self-paced tour. Then visit the kitchens, chat with the architects and designers at each house.
Kitchen styles range from Craftsman to contemporary, and feature innovative uses of unusual materials, interesting floor plans, and creative solutions for both large and small kitchens. Budgets run from modest: using existing appliances and found or homeowner-created materials; to lavish: including structural modifications, high-end appliances, and luxe finishes.
Docents as well as architects, with extensive knowledge of the remodels, will be on hand to answer questions about the owner’s goals and challenges. Each tour guest receives a richly detailed brochure with stories, photographs, and layouts of each kitchen, full of innovative solutions to kitchen remodeling challenges in vintage homes.
Kitchen Tour Extra Events
This year, we added one event on the preceding day to the Kitchen Tour. The 2017 Kitchen Expo on Saturday, September 23 12 – 3 pm at Claremont Middle School provides time for ticket holders to speak with an architect, contractor or specialist. More information available here.