What makes one house stand out from all the others on the market? Sure, buyers are looking for big windows . . . lots of natural light . . . special architectural details . . . interesting mix of materials . . . good floor plan . . . great location near shops and restaurants. But a truly special house, like this custom-built home in Oakland’s hip Temescal neighborhood, offers something beyond these all-important qualifications.

front fence

One look at the hand-built fence tells you that this is a one-of-a-kind home.

outdoor entry

A walkway deck leads you past an outdoor lounging area and along a wall of windows that look into the living room.


As you enter the house, you immediately notice a gorgeous wall built entirely from re-claimed wood. To your left is the sun-drenched living room, and just beyond it is a cozy guest room.

LR into guest

We staged this home using our favorite Fall colors (notice the curry!) and layered in textures that complement the natural beauty of the house’s materials.

guest room blue

The guest room shares the living room’s cathedral ceilings. The rough-hewn cabinetry provides closet space for guests, while beautifully hiding the on-demand water and radiant heating units.

guest room

Back in the living room, you get a view of the stunning hand-crafted staircase and a peek into the great room.

LR stairs

And what a great room it is! It combines a family room, dining area, and kitchen all in one space just made for family movie nights and big dinner parties.

macrame FR

FR dog

FR stairs

DR kitchen

Let’s talk about the kitchen for a moment. You won’t find another like it anywhere. That’s because the owners, who built this house from the ground up, constructed it from cabinets and materials collected from other building sites.


It is a masterpiece of open and closed reclaimed wood storage, concrete and butcher block countertops, and new stainless appliances for a modern touch.

back deck

Just off the great room is a welcoming private deck, enclosed by fencing with plexiglass windows. The deck also leads to an additional room, staged as an office.

deck into office


This shot shows the entire back of the house.

back of house

See that balcony on the second floor? It’s just off the upstairs master bedroom.

master balcony


The upstairs master, kid’s room and hallway all feature cork flooring and skylights.

kids room

The home also features two full baths and a half bath, each as unique as the house itself.

master bath

2nd bath

downstairs bath

This was a fun and challenging staging project. We needed to capture the unique character of the home while showing it as large, comfortable and livable. We wanted to be as thoughtful in helping the owners sell their home as they were in creating it: “The Sellers lived in this home for 13 years and over the course of that time, they redesigned and re-built this home with tremendous care and integrity. When it came time to begin the extensive remodel 9 years ago, the Sellers took the house apart themselves—literally removing each of the boards from the existing plank- framed home, stacking the wood, removing the many nails, and eventually repurposing each of those boards into finish materials for the home that stands today. . .” (quote taken from the home’s website). Be sure to visit the site to read more about the amazing eco-features of this home and the entire building process. And if you’re in the Bay Area, visit the open house this Sunday! This home is listed by Corey Weinstein of Red Oak Realty.

Fabulous photography courtesy of Open Homes Photography

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