An “urban renewal” featuring cheery, light-filled rooms that still respect their Victorian roots

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:

  1. A substandard in-law unit was upgraded by increasing ceiling height, light/air, and egress while also providing a complete interior renovation;
  2. 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;
  3. 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


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