This project turned a grand, 3-story, turn-of-the-century Eastlake Victorian in San Francisco’s bustling Valencia Corridor into a spacious 2-story family home with revenue.
Our clients asked us to present them with design strategies that would offer the highest and best use of the property in the long-term, taking into account the necessity for an expensive foundation replacement at the outset paired with limited resources. With cash flow as a programmatic priority, we developed a new, ground floor, 2-bedroom, rental unit with a private entry and garden courtyard, as well as a flexible master suite with en suite bath and wet bar on the top floor of the home, which could provide additional income as needed in the short-term.
The property is blessed with a deep lot and south-facing rear yard, which we adopted as a defining factor for the layout of the public spaces in both the large family home as well as the rental unit. In both units the public spaces are at the rear, with a band of corner windows anchoring the southeast corner, to provide generous visual access to the greenspace as well as to maximize natural light for the interiors.
In the family’s unit, we opened up the old railroad-style layout to create a continuous flow from the period living room up front through to the modern great room in the rear, with kitchen, dining and family room. These living spaces open directly to an outdoor deck and the idyllic rear garden. Think: kids’ messy, outdoor art projects that are easily washed away now, and sophisticated outdoor dining someday…