This bright and airy breakfast room was designed for a residence once featured in a 1913 House and Garden magazine for its Craftsman style. In keeping with the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, the renovation makes use of natural and hand- wrought materials including quarter-sawn oak, slate, copper, leaded glass, and quarry tile. Additional space was added to the breakfast room and pantry by enclosing a seldom-used porch. Above this first floor renovation, unused eave space was also captured to enlarge two existing second-floor bathrooms.
The primary goal of this renovation was to showcase a contemporary art collection. The kitchen clearly reflects this goal as the ceiling was raised to accommodate two large “face” sculptures. Another goal, to integrate the home with the exterior, is shown with the redesigned master bathroom. This space now opens onto a private courtyard with a hot tub. The bathtub is also positioned in a bay window with views of the courtyard. Throughout the house, color plays an important role in defining each room and in complementing the artwork.
The renovation of this turn of the century San Francisco home (that survived the great fire) focused on updating the home to reflect a young couple’s lifestyle while still maintaining its historic character. The goals included excavating the ground level to create an artist’s studio and enlarging a 2-car garage originally intended for horses. A new open interior stair was created to connect the four floors from street level to a roof-top deck with views of the San Francisco Bay.