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1920s Carriage house in San Francisco gets remarkable transformation

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This contemporary carriage house renovation project was commissioned by Butler Armsden Architects, gracing one of the largest city lots in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. After a family purchased the Italianate Victorian home—which dates back to 1870—they set out to renovate the 1920s carriage house in the rear of the property, which sat dilapidated from years of neglect.

The home underwent a complete overhaul of the interiors, gutting the space completely and creating a sleek yet comfortable modern retreat, while making much needed improvements to the historic exterior. It was re-purposed as an extension of the family’s living room with a Bulthaup kitchen, integrated audio-visual system, pool table as well as an office/library and guest suite for visiting friends and family.

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In addition to fitting out the carriage house, the architects also embarked to make the mature garden more welcoming and useful to the family. A gracious deck and staircase befitting of the historic nature of the house was built off of the main drawing room providing a much need link between house and garden.

Above: The carpet is from Stark Carpets – Avelino, color: Light Taupe. It size is custom to fit the space.

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Rows of trees and strategic planting separate the parking area from the garden, which also serves as a sport court. Subtle score lines in the concrete and blue stone patterns define a basketball “key”, while also blending in with the overall diagonal concrete score pattern. An outdoor shower and hot tub complete the concept of garden oasis within the busy city. The interior decoration of this fabulous home was carried out by Angela Free Interior Design.

Above: The Long Reach Floor Lamps, Item #092866, are a polished Nickel finish sourced from Ethan Allen. The sectional is from Bo Concept, while the rectangular ottoman was custom designed and fabricated for the space. The walls are painted in Pale Almond OC-2 | Benjamin Moore.

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What We Love: This stunning carriage house has been meticulously renovated with bright and airy interiors thanks to skylights and expanded windows. Stylish furnishings and fixtures makes this home feel contemporary and sophisticated yet warm and inviting thanks to a soft color palette. We are loving the open plan living room and beautiful french doors that opens the kitchen and breakfast nook to the outdoors… Readers, please share with us what details in this home caught your eye and why in the comments below!

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Above: The desk was custom designed, while the material used for the top of the desk is a custom stained dark walnut. The chair is the “Sitz” Dining Arm Chair by Jean de Merry. The chandelier is Barbara Barry’s “Perfect Pleat Lantern” from Circa Lighting.

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Above: The walls in the bedroom are covered with wallpaper from Ralph Lauren – Serengeti Seagrass, Item #LWP40830W.

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Photos: Butler Armsden Architects

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