By Lotte Brouwer published
This striking, light-filled San Francisco family home is located in the fashionable Pacific Heights area. The modern house – an Edwardian-style property 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.
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.
The interiors feature a monochrome colour palette, arched doorways, and steel-framed doors and windows that open out to lush, landscaped gardens.
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.
The architects added a new two-storey rear extension which floods the new rooms with natural light and connects to the vibrant garden.
The formal dining room also features the same black and white colour palette, softened by the arched doorways leading outside.
The dining room was given a Mid-Century Modern inspired look.
The new staircase features a sky light which floods the stairwell with natural daylight.
The wide treads and curved corners give the staircase a soft, relaxed look.
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views over the Cedar Tree and manicured gardens.
A sharing bedroom was set up for the kids, featuring twin beds with built-in bench seating at the foot.
The best views are seen from the roof terrace and adjoining sun room.
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.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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