Traditional Edwardian home gets rehabbed in San Francisco Bay Area

Designed by , this Edwardian style home in San Francisco was remodeled to meet the contemporary lifestyle needs of a family of four. The residence is located in the Richmond District, a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California. The homeowners goal for the redesign of this 1907 home was to have added privacy for their bedroom spaces. They also wished for their main living spaces to be more more open and connected.

The exterior of the home is clad in natural white cedar shingles (not typical of the San Francisco Bay area, as most homes use red cedar). The shingles are very durable and low-maintenance, with no need to paint over time. The aluminum clad windows and doors were custom designed and manufactured for the home, through . The architects also used copper gutters and galvanized railings. The wood decking is untreated machiche (which will fade to a shiny silvery color), while the patio consists of blue stone. The coolest part of this outdoor space is a zipline, connecting the home to a tree fort at the property’s edge.

The architects were able to maintain all of the four bedroom spaces on the upper level. They also were able to add a master bedroom suite for the parents, which encompassed a master bathroom, closet, deck and roof garden. On the main level, the kitchen was opened up to a brand new breakfast nook. Eleven feet was added to the back of the residence, which allowed for an open family room.

What We Love: The architects honored this traditional Edwardian design while bringing an updated contemporary feel to this cheerful family dwelling. With primarily white walls serving as the backdrop, the architects were able to achieve clean lines and a open and airy aesthetic. We love the small details, such as the preserved wainscoting in the dining room and the concealed television in the living room.

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Above: The built-in wall unit dimensions are 11’W x 9.5’H. We love how the television can be concealed when not in use. The sofa was sourced from Room & Board.

Above: The beautiful flooring throughout the main living spaces is 5/16″ x 2″ select white oak, applied with two coats of Zar Charcoal and three coats of finish.

Above: The paint color on the walls is Benjamin Moore—Classic Gray OC-23. The trim throughout the home is Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Above: The countertops on the left side of this contemporary kitchen are Caesarstone 4120 Raven from the Classico Collection. A built-in butcher block on either side of the freestanding Viking range allows for quick meal prep.

Above: In the dining room the wainscotting was an existing design element, which is a traditional feature found in homes throughout San Francisco. The area rug is the Lattice Wool Dhurrie from West Elm, inspired by Moorish tile work.

Above: The master bedroom features spacious built-in closets that are clean-lined and contemporary.

Above: In the en-suite master bathroom, the dual, drop-in sinks are Caesarstone, as is the countertop.

Above: The new master bedroom suite now has extra square footage for a closet, bathroom, deck and roof garden (pictured below) The master suite is completely open to the backyard through expansive, aluminum-clad windows and a private deck. “Best of all, indoor and outdoor are integrated for a private sanctuary in the middle of San Francisco,” states the architects.

This project was constructed to standards, which includes the green roof (pictured above), a highly reflective roof, rainwater collection, 96% efficiency for heat and hot water delivery. All interior products are low VOC and all lumber is FSC certified. The architects salvaged everything they could in the design of this home, including the butcher blocks used in the kitchen.

Photos: Brian Mahany

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