Pacific Heights Beaux Arts Whole-Home Remodel

What was originally pitched to Jeff as a fairly modest remodel ended up being a substantial, whole-home remodel of a 4,300 square foot, 1929 beaux-arts style home. A project of this size requires excellent collaboration—thankfully, our project team, made up of designer, Jessica Nakamoto (Ineffable Interiors); design architect, Keith Anding; and architect of record, Francis Gough, embodied the very definition of teamwork!

Good Bones Provide the Perfect Starting Point

While the home had great bones and beautiful features (such as the circular staircase with wrought-iron balustrade and the kitchen layout with two sink stations, one at each end) there were numerous updates, such as replacing faux finishes and stone surfaces with Calacatta marble and removing an out-of-place Southwestern style kiva fireplace that was in the family room. But what really turned this into a whole-home remodel was the major retrofit that was structurally intensive and required that we substantially open up the entire home. The seismic and structural changes included an addition of three steel moment frames in the basement.

A Family Room Built for Entertaining

The top floor of the home underwent the biggest transformation—this space is devoted to the expansive family room and a rooftop deck. In the family room, we removed the aforementioned kiva fireplace and installed a wet bar along the back wall. The 12-foot wide bar features two wine refrigerators, a beverage refrigerator, and an ice maker (all from Sub Zero) below the counter. Above the counter, the mirrored wall is outfitted with backlit floating glass shelves that run the length of the bar, taking full advantage of the Bay view as reflected through the two walls of windows that provide a spectacular view of the SF Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A Well-Equipped Outdoor Kitchen

The roof deck is now a favorite place to entertain friends and family. What was previously used as a simple outdoor dining area, we converted to a full-fledged outdoor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, including a grill, pizza oven, refrigerator, and sink. We installed a bar counter on the opposite wall to accommodate counter seating for six.

The Frameless Windscreen Provides a Perfect View

There are two additional seating areas on the roof deck, our favorite is situated around a gas fire pit by Paloform and looks directly out to the Bay through a large, virtually frameless 65” tall x 165” wide pane of glass. While we can’t take credit for the view, we can take credit for how we improved it! Through careful detailing, Jeff and team created a near seamless view of the Bay by removing the wooden frame, opting instead to slide the windscreen through u-channel guides.

Not only did we improve the view, we improved the ambiance by swapping out two electric lanterns with two gas lanterns mounted in the sitting area. We also installed outdoor speakers and three wall-mounted, electric infrared radiant heaters to help cut the San Francisco chill.

This 18-month whole-home remodel was a huge success—and not only in terms of the physical home but with regards to how well the entire team, including our clients, worked together to help create a home that our clients envisioned. Jeff credits them with assembling a great team of people and supporting the process as a big part of why this project turned out so well. Thank you to the entire design team and especially to our clients!

This whole-home remodeling project is also featured in the March 2018 issue of Silicon Valley magazine! Check out this post to see the article.