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Park Street Renovation

The renovation of Katie and John Eller's Park Street Residence in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco began with a referral from a friend: "She said, 'I want your architect and your contractor,'" recalls Sarah Willmer, founder of Studio Sarah Willmer, Architecture. "Katie had heard so many renovation horror stories and saw that her friends were having such a good time with us; we just had a such a good rapport with her friend."

The renovation doubled the size of the old Victorian from just over 1,000 square feet to just over 2,000 square feet. More importantly, it untangled the mismatched layout and separated the public and private spaces while opening up the south-facing wall to let in ample daylight.

In early 2006, Katie and John Eller reached out to a friend for a reference. "She said, 'I want your architect and your contractor,'" recalls Sarah Willmer, founder of Studio Sarah Willmer, Architecture. "Katie had heard so many renovation horror stories and saw that her friends were having such a good time with us; we just had a such a good rapport with her friend." Soon after, the couple sat down with Willmer to plan the renovation of their old Victorian home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Photo by Ken Gutmaker

Completed in September 2008, with the final touches finished by June 2009, the home will be open to the public in September as part of the San Francisco Living: Home Tours, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco chapter as part of its month-long Architecture and the City Festival.

Click the yellow "Slideshow" button at the top right-hand corner of this post for a preview tour through the home and the story behind its renovation.

The couple couldn't afford to add another story for a master suite so they agreed to move their bedroom to the ground level with the other private areas. Their room opens to the backyard for now, but Willmer installed plumbing upstairs in case one day they are able to build up. Photo by Ken Gutmaker

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