Dramatic Transformations: The Power of a Whole-Home Remodel

While we are firm believers that the devil is in the details—as evidenced by this post we recently wrote—we also love dramatic transformations. We’ve culled some of our favorite before and after pictures of a few of our most popular whole-home remodeling projects to showcase the power of change. Take a look!

Award-Winning Contemporary Remodel

Back Façade:

In this collaboration with Malcolm Davis Architecture, we sought to improve circulation and access to the outdoors, and bring in natural light to the entire home. We relocated the main staircase and added ridge skylights which allows light to filter down to all four levels of the home. We utilized green technologies and building practices for this San Francisco whole-home remodel, which included among other things: high-performance, energy-efficient windows; FSC-certified lumber; energy-efficient lighting; and insulation composed of 75% recycled materials. This careful attention to detail garnered us the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 1st Prize in Green Remodeling and the Grand Prize for Overall Excellence.

Contemporary Whole-Home Remodel & Addition

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Dining Room:

Master Bedroom:

We added 11 feet to the rear of this home, which allowed us to add a family room and breakfast nook downstairs and convert one of the four upstairs bedrooms into a master suite with a deck and roof garden. We did all of this while combining the existing Edwardian features with contemporary style. The home, built to GreenPoint Rated standards, is clad in natural cedar shingles, and the floor-to-ceiling windows connect the living space with the backyard and flood the home with natural light. Find more pictures of this San Francisco whole-home remodel in Sunset Magazine.

William Wurster Historic Renovation

Kitchen with Adjoining Sunroom:





Roof Deck:

We collaborated with Aleck Wilson Architects to remodel this historic residence, originally designed by renowned California architect William Wurster. Being mindful to preserve the integrity of the home’s original design, we opened up the service kitchen to the sunroom so it’s now the social hub of the home. We also updated the bedrooms, bathrooms, and roof deck, using restraint and seemingly simple details. Additional improvements included new electrical, plumbing, windows, waterproofing, heat & hot water delivery, and a copper roof. Read how these high-efficiency home performance systems have helped our clients save thousands of dollars a year in utility bills on our blog.

Colorful Whole-Home Remodel with Addition

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We collaborated with architect Steve Swearengen, of The Architect’s Office, to transform this single-story San Carlos home into a family-friendly two-story home. Not only did this Peninsula whole-home remodel involve a vertical addition, we also expanded the rear to include a master bedroom suite and added a wraparound deck with an outdoor kitchen and dining area that opens to the garden. We gutted the entire home, installed radiant heat underneath wide plank flooring throughout, and completely reconfigured the floorplan.

Whole Home Remodel with Cape Cod Roots

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We collaborated with Goldman Architects and Dehn Bloom Design to transform this San Francisco house into a well-crafted Cape Cod style home for the homeowners and their three children. We completely remodeled the exterior of the house by tearing off the exterior to the sheathing, redid all siding and trim, and replaced the stucco with stained cedar shingles. Inside, we upgraded the finishes throughout to improve the functionality of the home, made adjustments to the layout, and added custom cabinets in all the places that mattered.

Upper-Level Remodel with Multi-Level Roof Deck

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This award-winning, multi-level, 1,200 square foot roof deck is the result of our collaboration with ODS Architecture. We transformed the flat, unused roof into a dramatic roof deck that includes on the main level, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances (BBQ grill, refrigerator, sink, cabinets), sealed concrete counters and bar and dining area; up two steps to the second level, a sitting area with a gas fire pit; and on the third level (the crows nest), a sitting area perfect for taking in views of the San Francisco marina right across the street. On the main and second levels, ceramic pavers (made to look like wood) are held up by pedestals over the sloped roof, which allow for efficient water drainage and convenient maintenance. A custom-designed glass, metal and Ipe tread staircase leads to the uppermost level. We also installed walkable skylights to keep the light flooding into the rooms below. In addition to the roof deck, we remodeled the third-floor master suite, which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room. We were awarded the Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for the Landscape Design/Outdoor Living category. Read more about this project on our blog.

Contemporary Victorian Remodel

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One of our favorites from the archives. Along with architect F. Joseph Butler, the homeowners played a big collaborative role in this NARI award-winning whole-home remodel. This four-level remodel included an addition to the kitchen, as well as a new powder room, master suite, garage workshop, new decks, and a built-in BBQ grill in the landscaped backyard. Aluminum-clad windows, copper shingles and stucco siding make for a durable exterior. We took the home down to the studs and gave careful consideration to the smallest of details as we rebuilt it. This San Francisco home has been featured on Houzz and HGTV—the colorful kitchen is a favorite among viewers.

At Jeff King & Company, we pride ourselves on ensuring the big picture is carefully crafted per your desires. Find more dramatic transformations in our portfolio. Call us when you’re ready to make a dramatic change to your home.



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