Like many young San Francisco couples, Eric and Aryiro purchased a charming old Victorian in need of work, and quickly began contemplating the possibilities for “urban renewal” of their house, technically a three unit building in the eyes of the City. A referral from their real estate agent to Studio S Squared started the design process.
Bernal Heights Victorian Addition/Remodel II
Legally prohibited to reduce unit count, we worked with the City to develop an approach entailing the following major moves:
- A substandard in-law unit was upgraded by increasing ceiling height, light/air, and egress while also providing a complete interior renovation;
- The upper two floors were completely fully remodeled and upgraded with a new open floor plan, increased ceiling height, new kitchen and baths, and two rear decks, one with backyard access and the other with views of the city skyline, and;
- An upstairs master suite was given a spacious new bathroom and a “wet bar” that satisfied the City’s demand for a third kitchen.
The formerly dark and maze-like house now features cheery, light-filled rooms that still respect their Victorian roots.
Despite a long and challenging permit and construction process, the energetic Owners remained undaunted and enthusiastic, and are now fully enjoying the fruits of their labor.
- Scope of Work: Interior remodel + whole house renovation, roofline alteration to convert a flat roof to a usable roof deck and increase ceiling height at an existing upper level.
- Project Year: 2017
- Project Cost: $500,001 – $750,000
- Location: San Francisco, CA
- Contractor: Mike Grelli, E Grelli Construction
Photography by Mark Pinkerton, VI360 Photography