An existing home of a couple of empty nesters has been given a new life by Butler Armsden Architects, located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The couple had lived here since they were newlyweds, raised two children and had grown attached to their beloved home. So instead of trading their home in for a larger one in their neighborhood, they decided to hire a design team to re-imagine their Craftsman style home. The homeowners settled for the original scale of the front exterior elevation, but in the rear of the property, three glass-fronted terraces creates a dramatic new statement. Additionally, the architects added on 2,090 square feet of living space to the interiors, offering more of an open layout. In order to add on in the interior, structural supports needed to be upgraded, this required the existing footing to be replaced and the basement level needed to be lowered.
The backyard featured a native black walnut tree which was removed from the property to make space for expanding the home outwards. In was re-purposed into a floating wood and glass staircase, which makes a dramatic statement piece to this bright new design. The back of the property is clean and modern, focusing on a harmonious indoor-outdoor connection that is quite seamless. The lower deck consisting of Ipe wood and a mix of Bluestone and architectural concrete steps down onto the well-manicured lawn that is spacious and inviting, completing the look of this stunning remodel.
We have featured some other home tours here on 1 Kindesign from Butler Armsden Architects, take a look: Renovation of old Carriage House in San Francisco or this Architect’s dream home: Stinson Beach House.
What We Love: The glass-fronted addition at the rear of this property is fabulous, visually appealing… not to mention it brings so much more light into the interiors and really connects the home with nature. The wood and glass staircase is a beautiful centerpiece that really pulls the whole design together to create an incredible home renovation. What are your thoughts, anything in this home catch your eye? We would love to hear about it in the comments section below!
Photos: Matthew Millman
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