Alamo Square
San Francisco, CA

This historic home sits just around the corner from San Francisco’s iconic Painted Ladies of Alamo Square. One of the smallest homes on the block, the owner wanted to increase its square footage and bring it up to date but with respect to its original character and flavor. To preserve the front façade, the top floor addition was set back, and we excavated the rear yard to allow for a new lower-level lounge with direct access to the outside. As you travel through the home, the lighting and space becomes more modern. We updated the kitchen and doubled it in size. A new wall of curved glass doors increases the kitchen’s square footage without overstepping setbacks and provides a sunlight-filled view into the garden. Designed to bring people outside by giving them somewhere to go - little destinations, the garden is layered for different functions. To ensure the home is suited for many generations to come we added stub-outs for electric vehicles and designed the roof to support solar in the future.