Top Notch

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January 15, 2009

Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple’s life, devouring their reserves of time, money, and sanity with nightmare contractors, intractable plumbing problems, and general calamity–like Boston’s Big Dig project in a living room. But as San Francisco residents Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco found in their third-floor addition, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a thoughtful architect and good communication they opened up a whole new vista by building upward.

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  The third-story addition to Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco’s San Francisco home blends seamlessly in both height and scale, giving the couple 500 square feet of extra space without disturbing the surrounding context.  Photo by: Doug Adesko
    The third-story addition to Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco’s San Francisco home blends seamlessly in both height and scale, giving the couple 500 square feet of extra space without disturbing the surrounding context.

    Photo by: Doug Adesko

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  Koshkarian and DiFrancesco lounge on their Poliform bed with their daughter, Zia. The large windows annex an outdoor patio, which extends the already light-filled space into the outdoors.  Photo by: Doug Adesko
    Koshkarian and DiFrancesco lounge on their Poliform bed with their daughter, Zia. The large windows annex an outdoor patio, which extends the already light-filled space into the outdoors.

    Photo by: Doug Adesko

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  The vertical full-length window offers a slice of the outdoors in the custom-outfitted master bathroom (save for a tub and sink by Kohler; faucet and showerhead by Vola).  Photo by: Doug Adesko
    The vertical full-length window offers a slice of the outdoors in the custom-outfitted master bathroom (save for a tub and sink by Kohler; faucet and showerhead by Vola).

    Photo by: Doug Adesko

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  The office cubby, outfitted with a diminutive window (as per Koshkarian’s request), is furnished with Atlas shelving.  Photo by: Doug Adesko
    The office cubby, outfitted with a diminutive window (as per Koshkarian’s request), is furnished with Atlas shelving.

    Photo by: Doug Adesko

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