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Before and After: Creative preservation

A creative update preserves the character of a great 1930s Oakland home

Oakland home exterior
Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones; 

A home with a story

When some house hunters hear about a 1930s structure that hasn’t been updated since, well, the 1930s, they think, Demo. But Jamie and Jeremy Kidson were looking for a home with a story.

To the couple, owners of the popular Bay Area stores Atomic Garden and Jeremys, it was important not only to retain the home’s history but also to tread lightly on the Earth. The Kidsons, who have two daughters, chose to do what they call “a preservation” rather than a full-on remodel.

“The patina and wear patterns are things we love about this house,” says Jeremy. And, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom plumbing, most of the house was in good shape.

Click ahead to see what they did with it.


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