San Francisco

Photography: Isabelle Eubanks

26th Street
Modern that fits in with surprise volumes.

This new house replaces a derelict cottage. Distinguishing itself from its adjacent, boxy mid-century neighbors, we added precise detailing, and a bold, black shou shugi ban and white stucco façade, within a simple two-box volume. The downslope lot allowed for a dramatic 10-foot ceiling great room that extends the length of the house, and is only revealed upon entering. Midway, a dining area featuring a double-height skylit atrium, ends at a unique, round-island kitchen. A dining terrace furthers the views. The main staircase off the atrium gives access to the top floor, which contains two children’s bedroom with shared bath, and a master suite. The two lower level floors yield two additional bedroom suites, a family room, and a bonus rec room. All the public rooms have terraces or balconies that lead to the lushly-planted, cascading rear yard, affording easy outdoor living. An unusual feature is a car lift that accommodates two stacked cars by utilizing the basement space below.