Explore a light-filled San Francisco family home with monochrome interiors and lush gardens

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San Francisco family home
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The property

This striking, light-filled San Francisco family home is located in the fashionable Pacific Heights area. The modern house (opens in new tab) – 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 (opens in new tab), 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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San Francisco family home

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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.

San Francisco family home

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Entrance

The front door pushes open into a generous hallway (opens in new tab) with a modern sweeping staircase (opens in new tab) taking centre stage.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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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.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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Kitchen

The modern kitchen (opens in new tab) is the heart of the home and features a modern kitchen island (opens in new tab), white kitchen cabinetry (opens in new tab), a lounge area and informal dining space.

San Francisco family home

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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.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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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.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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The dining room was given a Mid-Century Modern (opens in new tab) inspired look.

San Francisco family home

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Staircase

The new staircase (opens in new tab) features a sky light which floods the stairwell with natural daylight.

San Francisco family home

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

San Francisco family home

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Master bedroom

The master bedroom features a neutral colour palette (opens in new tab) and a patterned but muted bedroom wallpaper (opens in new tab).

San Francisco family home

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

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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A polished dressing room (opens in new tab) space leads through to the ensuite bathroom (opens in new tab).

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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Childrens' bedroom

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

San Francisco family home

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Roof terrace

The best views are seen from the roof terrace (opens in new tab) and adjoining sun room.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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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.

San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

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San Francisco family home

(Image credit: Matthew Millman)

San Francisco family home

(Image credit: Matthew Millman)

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