A “net-zero” energy home with a family-friendly layout

Bernal Heights Modern II

Faced with a downsloping 25′ wide lot facing a popular public park, our solution was to place the main floor 1 level below the street so that it could have a direct connection to the relatively deep backyard. Ample windows on three sides, a double height living area, and a four story south facing lightwell help this lower level not feel like the basement it really is.

The house features 5BR/5.5BA, 3 car garage, loft office, media room, gym, and four stop elevator. Four of these bedrooms and three bathrooms are on one floor, in an unusually family-friendly layout for San Francisco. The full-floor master suite is designed as a “penthouse” with windows on three sides. Views to the front are of verdant Holly Park and to the rear the East Bay foothills and waters of San Francisco Bay.

The house is designed to be a “net-zero” energy user, with no gas connection, and an array of 20 solar panels offsetting all electrical use, including two car chargers.


  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost: $1,500,001 – $2,000,000
  • Location: San Francisco, CA


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