San Francisco, CA
This Telegraph Hill house had been remodeled in 1955 for a bachelor with a 3rd story addition which included a small kitchen, tiny bedroom and a living room with spectacular views of the City and Bay. The previous remodel maximized the square footage of the home and was chronicled in a 1956 issue of House and Garden, but the home was in need of a facelift and reorganization for a busy family of 3 and in-laws who frequently stay for long stretches.
Seeing that the entire top level had the opportunity for extraordinary views in 3 directions - highlights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, Feldman Architecture opened up the entire top level as one great room. Designed for clients who love to cook and entertain, the open kitchen was configured like a ship’s galley with deep cupboards that pull out for extra storage and a designated space for the couple’s kitchen supplies. Counters are extra deep with pockets to hide appliances and a small outdoor deck off the dining room provides space for grilling and planting herbs. The main deck takes advantage of the sweeping views and offers a comfortable outdoor room with fireplace, custom planters, a new windscreen, and an operable awning for shade. The interiors were designed by Lisa Lougee Interiors, featuring a subtle gray and white palette throughout the home that suits the clients desire to bring color to the project with art and accessories.
The unarticulated façade was given a modern facelift with grey limestone cladding and deep metal surrounds around the windows and garage. The third floor envelope was pulled back from the main façade to allow room for the deck and planters. Entry on the 1st level brings visitors to a one-bedroom in-law unit. The dramatic wood, steel and glass stair with light spilling down from a new skylight leads guests up to the main levels. The stairway is capped by a custom wave sculpture by local artist Reuben Margolin. The 2nd level houses the master bedroom suite and two bedrooms plus bath. The master suite features oversized cabinets for storage and workspace for 2 with sweeping views of the City.