Project: Radical Make Over and Rethink of a Humble Home
Architects: YamaMar Design
Team: David Yama, Christian Tipping, JC Reyes
General Contractor: Saturn Construction
Landscape: Terremoto (Alain Peauroi)
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Area: 2428 sf
Photo Credits: Bruce Damonte
Text by Yama Architecture
For this urban family, we were able to re- envision their home to stay true to the character of the neigborhood, but also give voice to the owner’s unique take on modern living.
The original house was one of many homes in the neighborhood with an elevated entry accessed by an exterior stair. Entry, living, dining, kitchen and sleeping rooms were all packed together above the street on a single floor.
We created a new street level entry, and placed Kitchen and dining on the main floor, which allowed the upper floor to be private; dedicated to bedrooms and bathrooms for the family of four. A new garden level family room was added, along with an elevated deck to take in the East view of the San Francisco Bay and Mount Diablo.
The recessed entry has a persimmon colored terra cotta geometric tile which connects the house to the neighborhood and is a nod to the classic ‘stoop’.