San Francisco Architecture and Design

Browse Dwell stories about modern homes, design, and architecture in and around San Francisco, CA.

Before & After: A Designer Mixes Asian and American Influences in Her Family’s San Francisco Kitchen
Before & After: A Designer Mixes Asian and American Influences in Her Family’s San Francisco Kitchen
Donald Judd and Japanese shoji screens are some of the inspirations behind designer Amy Kwok’s renovated kitchen in Noe Valley.
- 3 hours ago
Meg Ryan’s Former San Francisco Victorian Slides Onto the Market at $20M
Built in 1889, the thoughtfully remodeled Queen-Anne Victorian in Pacific Heights has a top-floor...
A Pair of Filmmakers Give Their San Francisco Edwardian a Sensuous Edit
Returning to the Presidio after two decades in New York, an auteur couple and their young daughters work with Geremia Design to create an evocative home.
An Expert Painter Explains How He Pulled Off an Electrifying Interior
An Expert Painter Explains How He Pulled Off an Electrifying Interior
With a portfolio that includes some of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, Phil Schinman was up to the challenge of a home’s shocking blue stairway.
- 23 days ago
Three Generations Live Under One Green Roof in San Francisco
Aidlin Darling Design recasts an unremarkable midcentury home as a multigenerational retreat crowned by a living roof.
A Darling Little Edwardian Studio Seeks $595K in San Francisco
Nestled on the border of the Upper Haight and Cole Valley, the petite abode offers 434 square feet of well-designed space.
This “Well-Behaved” Home Hides an Ocean of Blue Behind its Doors
Behind a subdued exterior, a San Francisco townhouse designed by OPA expresses its wild side.
A Tree Grows Right Through the Roof of This Radically Updated Eichler
A power couple in the tech world create the home of their dreams—with barely a gadget in sight.
Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Duplex Becomes a Svelte Multigenerational Home
Persevering through a roller-coaster renovation, a San Francisco family makes room for extended relatives in their revamped hillside retreat.
One of San Francisco’s Instantly Recognizable Painted Ladies Lists for $2.75M
The Victorian that’s graced countless postcards needs a new owner to restore the interior.
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A local couple turn the industrial space into a refined residence, recording studio, and gallery.
- 4 months ago
14 of the Best Midcentury Renovations Setting the Bar in San Francisco
These renovated homes in the San Francisco Bay Area stay true to their midcentury roots while reaping the benefits of modernization.
A Century-Old Arts and Crafts Home by Bernard Maybeck Lists for $4.25M
Built in 1916, the Erlanger House in San Francisco offers a striking English-style grand hall.
A Bay Area Chef Builds a Midcentury Ski Cabin Out of Gingerbread
San Francisco–based chef Anthony Strong offers workshops on building a picturesque Tahoe lodge out of candy and gingerbread.
Comic Book Legend Stan Lee’s Former San Francisco Pied-à-Terre Lists for $1.35M
The creator of Spider-Man spent his time in San Francisco relaxing in this Four Seasons residence.
Before & After: This San Francisco Dwelling Feels Like a Japanese Ski Cabin
An adventurous couple’s renovated home in Twin Peaks features a tiered garden, an outdoor spa, and a meditative alcove.
San Francisco’s Most Expensive Home Is a $46M Penthouse Over the Facebook Offices
The 7,000-square-foot Grand Penthouse sits at the top floor of the same building that houses Facebook’s and Instagram’s offices.
This Home Owned by Tech Entrepreneurs Will Tie for Most Expensive Ever Sold in San Francisco
With lively interiors designed by Ken Fulk, this Pacific Heights mansion asks $39,000,000.
Get the Upper Hand on Time in This Rare Clocktower Penthouse, Listed For $6M
Perched high above San Francisco, the one-of-a-kind residence offers the unique chance to live within a historic four-story clocktower.
San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid Is For Sale—For the First Time Ever
The landmark structure—bundled with two adjacent buildings—is on the market for an estimated $600 million.
Here’s What San Francisco’s Most Expensive Home on the Market Looks Like
Offered at $40,500,000, the residence spans an entire city block at the base of the famous Lombard Street.
Watch: Artist Mary Finlayson’s Vibrant San Francisco Home Celebrates Color in a Big Way
Painter and printmaker Mary Finlayson invites us to her new Potrero Hill home and studio, which is awash with vivacious tones, textiles, and travel mementos.
A Historic Saloon Gains New Life as an Airy Courtyard Home in San Francisco
A thoughtful redesign transforms a difficult Historic Resource property into a light-filled sanctuary for entertaining, gardening, and play.
My House: Gallery Owner Francis Mill’s San Francisco Loft Is a Poetic “Place For Looking”
Located in a former warehouse, Francis Mill’s two lofts encourage contemplation of light, art, and architecture.
Before & After: A Data Scientist Renovates His Childhood Home in San Francisco
Sprucing up the Cole Valley residence, which was built by the homeowner’s parents in 1939, was a matter of navigating treasured memories.
Artist Jay Nelson Turns Cars, Trucks, and Boats Into Adventure-Seeking Dream Machines
Inspired by the call of the open road, San Francisco–based artist Jay Nelson crafts curvaceous campers from reclaimed materials.
The Founder of Blue Bottle Coffee Lists a Stylish San Francisco Victorian For $3.85M
This 1894 Queen Anne Victorian was renovated by the same firm that designed Blue Bottle's pared-down cafes.
The Real-Life “Full House” Home Is For Sale in San Francisco
Gone is the red door—but you'll still recognize this home's famous facade from the opening credits of the ’90s hit series.
Budget Breakdown: Built for Under $10K, a Cabinet Room Expands a San Francisco Loft
Rather than relocate, architect Rebal Knayzeh devises a flexible, mobile bedroom that doubles as storage for the family.
A Massive “Megacabinet” Hides a Secret Room in This San Francisco Home
A secret reading niche, ample shelving, and even a feeding station for the family dog are integrated into this “Megacabinet” that invites light and play into a revamped dwelling.