Our architecture office follows a philosophy of “keeping it simple” and was the fitting choice to reincarnate one of Noe Valley’s coveted, but neglected 1940’s homes overlooking the city skyline into a modern family pad.
“Our client needed the small home to be transformed into a family-friendly house that felt bigger than it actually is”. On the interior, the central living space and kitchen area connects out to a deck area and rear yard below. Also tucked into the kitchen and against the stairs, are shelves and niches to display the owner’s collection of artifacts from his travels.
“The original home had the potential to have these incredible views of the downtown skyline, the Bay Bridge and the East Bay, but the down-sloping lot allowed making them visible a challenge”. From the front, the house appears reserved and unobtrusive, and from the back, large windows take advantage of the views.
“We ended up layering the scale and volume from the street and as you move through to the rear of the house, it feels as if it is perched over all of San Francisco’s downtown skyline. There were many limitations, or at least they seemed like limitations from the outside; but, they ended up becoming an impetus for creating the architecture that slowly became the house.”