HGTV's Curb Appeal: The Block
Oakland, CA



An amazing design by host John Gidding's called for a craftsman-style facade to the outdated and bland existing home in Oakland, CA. The existing staircase was demolished, and in its place rose a ipe-covered staircase with an additional landing, and new ipe decking on the porch. The handrails are redwood, with wire stainless steel wire mesh and meticulously crafted metal brackets designed by John and fabricated by the homeowner. Cedar shingles with a wood stain covered the columns and bottom half of the house were installed with painstaking detail to attention. At one point, after four hours of work, the installer was not happy with the way it was looking and tore it down and started over. An earth-tone paint selection helps to tie together the house and the yard to give it the rustic yet modern cabin look.

The front yard was tranformed from a patch of grass surrounding the lemon tree, to a colorful and diverse yard. The lemon tree was saved, and planted around it were a variety of plants and shrubs, boulders, flagstone, and pavers. The tiered garden was created using 4x6 redwood timbers, and include a mortise & tenon detail that kept it in line with a similar detail on the roof eaves.

A special thanks to those who made this project a success:

  • Green Valley Landscape
  • Economy Lumber (lumber & building materials)
  • Diamond DSP, Inc. (painting)
  • Product & Design (metal handrail brackets)
  • North Valley Construction (pavers)
  • Santos Construction (debris box)
  • Legacy Sanitation (porta john)
  • McNichols (wire mesh)
  • Pavestone











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