The Opportunity

Identifying opportunities to redevelop historic buildings in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area is a key component of SK Builders work.  1618 Franklin Street was a distressed property in the heart of Downtown Oakland - a two-story mixed-use, 30,000 square foot, “Class B,” building with a full basement and mezzanine level.


Renovation Methods

  • Exposing the original vaulted ceiling and rafters
  • Exposing and restoring elegant maple flooring
  • Exposing previously painted second floor 6-ft. windows
  • Cost-effectively updating the HVAC systems to ensure code compliance
  • Removing old paneling to reveal the original exposed concrete walls


Today, 1618 Franklin is a beautifully restored building with modern and updated features while also preserving the Bay Area’s rich and diverse historic environment.