Park Street Renovation

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

As any good residential modernist would say, Dwell is one of my favorite magazines. Though many of its featured homes have similar designs, their function and aesthetics are usually in the same domain as what I look for.  This renovated home on Park Street in San Francisco is no exception.  Built in 1901 in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, here’s what the house looked like before architect Sarah Willmer came along:


And here’s the exterior now:


Expanded to almost twice its original size, the architect shifted the bedrooms to the lower level, connecting them to the garden.  She then made the top floor an entirely public space with living room, kitchen, covered deck and play room for the kids.  I really like the idea of leaving the common areas above, allowing people to descend down to their intimate bedrooms when it’s time to sleep.




The skylight in the kitchen is a nice touch, allowing in that oft sought after feature in city life: natural light.  Combined with bamboo cabinetry and a rich, dark floor, the entire area has a warm and inviting feel.



Residents and guests enter the home through the “mudroom”, a place to hang your hat and take off your shoes.  The extension of the stairs to form an integrated bench is a nice touch, as is the built-in shoe rack.


No San Francisco home is complete without at least a few pieces from Heath Ceramics.  This master bathroom looks nice and cozy.


This renovation is a fantastic example of taking something small and making it exactly the right size without removing any of its charm or intimate character.  For more details (including floor plans) see the entire article over at Dwell.

Tags: Architecture

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gillian // Aug 31, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Please move East & design/build yourself an amazing house so I can oo and awe over it. Thanks.

  • 2 Judy // Sep 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I LOVE THIS HOUSE – I agree with Gillian – move East and design/build a house for you and Faye -

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