Design Project: Explore a light-filled family home with monochrome interiors and lush gardens

This stunning Pacific Heights, San Francisco home ticks all our boxes...

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The property

This striking, light-filled family home is located in the fashionable Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. The house – an Edwardian-style house built in 1925 – had been relatively untouched over the years and was due for a complete overhaul. The owners brought on Walker Warner Architects, interior designer Redmond Aldrich and garden landscapers Scott Lawrence Landscape Architecture to transform it into the stunning family home it is today.

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Exterior

Originally built in the 1920s, the renovation of this historic Italian Renaissance style home was a delicate balance between preserving its historical character while leaning forward to respond to a more contemporary way of living.

To bring the building up to earthquake code, the home had to be taken down to the studs and the foundation reinforced with steel. With San Francisco having strict historic preservation regulations, it was essential to preserve the look and feel of the public facades of the building.

Decorative wooden cornices and columns were replaced with custom fibreglass reproductions, recreating the original architectural details.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Entrance

The front door pushes open into a generous hallway with a modern sweeping staircase taking centre stage.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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Living room

The interiors feature a monochrome colour palette, arched doorways, and steel-framed doors and windows that open out to lush, landscaped gardens.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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Kitchen

The modern kitchen is the heart of the home and features a modern kitchen island, white kitchen cabinetry, a lounge area and informal dining space.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Walker Warner Architects opened the house up, creating a better connection between rooms and adding more windows and doors to connect to the adjoining gardens.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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The architects added a new two-storey rear extension which floods the new rooms with natural light and connects to the vibrant garden.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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Dining room

The formal dining room also features the same black and white colour palette, softened by the arched doorways leading outside.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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The dining room was given a Mid-Century Modern inspired look.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Staircase

The new staircase features a sky light which floods the stairwell with natural daylight.

pacific heights house san francisco

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The wide treads and curved corners give the staircase a soft, relaxed look.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Master bedroom

The master bedroom features a neutral colour palette and a patterned but muted bedroom wallpaper.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views over the Cedar Tree and manicured gardens.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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A polished dressing room space leads through to the ensuite bathroom.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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Childrens' bedroom

A sharing bedroom was set up for the kids, featuring twin beds with built-in bench seating at the foot.

pacific heights house san francisco

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Roof terrace

The best views are seen from the roof terrace and adjoining sun room.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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Garden

But the most-used outdoor space is of course the stunning garden, with the century old Copper Beech tree as a front and centre focal point.

pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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pacific heights house san francisco

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