Innovative use of complex elements paired with minimal detailing results in sculptural flowing spaces within this renovation of a 6-unit residence in San Francisco. In the owner’s unit a previously unused attic was converted into a floating mezzanine accommodating a den and library. Connecting the mezzanine, main floor and entry level is a dramatic staircase that creates access and emphasizes the vertical volume of the home.
Photography: Paul Dyer
This house is the modernization of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Built in 1907, it had long dark hallways, tall narrow rooms and worn but beautifully detailed finishes. Our challenge was to maximize natural light and make it livable for a young family.
The design solution is to dismantle the small dark rooms without losing historic details. Large openings framed by detailed trim are introduced to connect the kitchen, dining room and living room. The entry hall is dissolved and replaced by an iconic steel column recalling a past era. The result: a modern home thriving in a historic house.
Photography: Dennis Bettencourt
Practical yet charming, this home was completely renovated and added to on the lower level to capture every square foot possible for a growing family. Historic features were celebrated, and new details added to enhance the character of the old house, yet updated for the present.
Located at the edge of the Presidio of San Francisco, this house is a two unit residence reconfigured. We completely renovated the interior, added to the existing top level a master bedroom suite and view roof deck, and reallocated the sizes of the two residences. One residence is now large enough for a family of four while the other is perfect for elderly parents. Movable translucent walls are employed at several locations to offer instant privacy without the loss of light and flexibility.
Photography: Audrey Whitmeyer-Weather and Greg Iboshi
Originally built as a fisherman’s cottage at the water’s edge of the original north shoreline of San Francisco, this house is seeing its renaissance as a quiet updated retreat in the center of the North Beach district. The 1660 square foot house is used wisely at every inch. Maximum-sized windows and skylights are added to existing walls and roof to harness as much daylight as possible while still affording privacy and structural integrity. Art and books adorn the remaining walls of this cozy, yet tranquil place.
Photography: Dan Sykes
The additions to the upper and lower units of this two-unit house maximize light and introduce large open spaces to two previously compartmented Victorian flats. The lower unit uses translucent walls to transmit light while defining boundaries. The upper unit channels and sculpts light through a sky-lighted soffit that runs the length of the house.
Photography: Emily Huang
This house is both classic a Victorian circa 1890 and a contemporary home that reflects the owners’ lifestyles. Our clients loved the old house for its history and charm yet they wanted additional space and contemporary features that make the house functional for modern life.
The design solution is a new addition that provides all the architectural elements that the old house does not have: maximum exposure to light and air, free-flowing spaces and a melding of the indoor and outdoor. The result is a bold blend of the old and the new; together the designs complement each other in use and aesthetics.
Photography: Dennis Bettencourt