Maggie Maiers Architect

What's Old Is New Again
Five Fabulous East Bay Kitchens

by Tiffany Carboni
Photography by: Scott Hargis

A True Craftsman

Built in 1911, this Craftsman house in Alameda's East End is a step back in time. For the last 10 years, homeowners Matthew Rampton and Laura Groves have prided themselves on being stewards of it. Their mission was to restore it back from an ill-conceived 1970s remodel to its authentic state. They were so inclined to do it right they willingly forewent a modern convenience or two in the process.

The couple hired architect Maggie Maiers and contractor Ken Kahrs, both from Alameda, who have worked together since 1994. The two overhauled the space by gutting it and simplifying its mishmash of six openings down to four to create a more natural flow.

Maple cabinets by Claremont, N.H.–based Crown Point Cabinetry were designed around the Aga stove and Klondike Case refrigerator. Though brand new, the vintage-style fridge harkens back to the past, which means it has no freezer. "We don't feel like we sacrificed at all. We have a chest freezer in the basement and a mini-freezer in the kitchen pantry," explains Rampart. "It encourages us to eat more fresh food."

Like the rest of the cabinetry, the long, narrow island and wood counters are stained to match the home's original redwood wain­scoting. The new cove ceiling, oak flooring, push-button light switches, trim, railing and open shelving duplicate what would have been appropriate back in the day. The couple was indefatigable researching and acquiring era-appropriate materials, including the cabinet doors that fit inside the frame in true Craftsman style.

"I’m happy to say that the homeowners, contractor and I all worked very well together solving whatever problems came up, and believe me, there were an assortment of issues associated with a restoration project of the magnitude," explains Maiers. "Everyone brought the best of whatever he or she was in charge of, and the results show."

Architect: Maggie Maiers, AIA, Alameda
Contractor: Ken Kahrs, Ken Kahrs Construction, Alameda

To read the full article from Alameda Magazine, click here.