Heart of the Home


Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We would be inclined to agree, especially because we built the kitchen in this year’s designer showcase home for the Children’s Support League’s Heart of the Home Tour.

Since 1986, the Children’s Support League of the East Bay has used their annual Heart of the Home Tour to raise funds for at-risk youth in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This volunteer organization has contributed almost 3 million dollars so far to non-profit programs serving disadvantaged children in these communities.

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, the 2013 Heart of the Home Tour will provide an intimate peek into five sensational Oakland and Piedmont properties.

Rivendell did extensive work in the Muir Avenue designer showcase home. The impressive kitchen includes a wonderful walnut island and fabulous flush inset face frame cabinets. Our craftsmanship here earned us an Honorable Mention from the Cabinet Makers Association’s 2012 Wood Diamond Awards national competition. In addition to the kitchen, we built cabinets for the family room, home office, bathroom and mudroom.

“This is a unique opportunity to see some of Rivendell’s work in a private residence that have been generously opened to the public,” said Nandi. “Attendees can also meet the talented team that put it all together. It was a pleasure collaborating with designer Carlene Anderson and contractor Mike Swenson on this project.”

Rivendell also built another Heart of the Home kitchen at the Lafayette Avenue tour stop. It features some alluring atypical curved elements. We even upgraded cabinetry in the home hosting the VIP 25th on the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration the night before the tour.

And while we’re honored that homes highlighting our woodwork were chosen for this acclaimed charity event, we’re honored to be helping out this amazing organization as well.

“The Heart of the Home tour allows local businesses like us to give back to the community that’s given so much to us,” said Nandi.

One of the ways Rivendell has been able to give back is by donating $1,000 to become a Children’s Support League Best Friend.

Last year’s tour raised $205,000. This year, on the tour’s 25th anniversary, we’re hoping to raise $225,000. You can help us reach our goal. Tickets are still available. We look forward to seeing you at this outstanding event that assists underprivileged kids in our community.