San Francisco

Photography: Arrowood Photography and Sharon Risedorph

2011 AIA SF Home Tour

Sunset Overlook
Opening this dark, claustrophobic 1970’s spec house to the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean was the premise behind this comprehensive house remodel. A dramatic, sky-lit gallery welcomes the visitor, leading to a step-down great room with unparalleled views of the Farallon Islands beyond.

Above, a grated steel and aluminum bridge tempers the sunlight, connecting the master bedroom suite to the children’s bedroom wing. An adjacent outdoor courtyard provides a tranquil respite for the study, while doubling as a protected play area from the inclement weather.

A new three-story, cantilevered glass bay was added at the rear, accentuating the view. Mitered glass edges dematerialize the boundary between indoors and out, imparting a spectacular aerial perspective. The new simplified plan includes a family room with open study, and a ground-level recreation room, offering this active family plenty of room to grow and live in.