San Francisco Architecture and Design

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

Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Home Finds Its Flow After a Mullet Renovation
Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Home Finds Its Flow After a Mullet Renovation
Malcolm Davis Architecture helps a family roll back years of hodgepodge additions while opening the rear facade to the garden.
Before & After: A Complete Overhaul Lifts a Jumbled Hilltop Home to Cloud Nine
Perched high above Oakland, the expanded midcentury soaks up jaw-dropping views—even from the bathroom.
A Finely Finished Craftsman Commands $1.5M in Oakland
Dating back to 1925, the four-bedroom home recently underwent a complete revamp.
An Unorthodox Houseboat in Sausalito Gives Its Owner Permission to Play
An Unorthodox Houseboat in Sausalito Gives Its Owner Permission to Play
Architect Craig Steely drew from the area’s bohemian history and traditional Chinese motifs to create this unique floating haven.
It Was an Abandoned, Barely Built Mansion. They Made It a Real Home
Embracing the idea of a modern ruin, a Northern California couple carve a house out of the incomplete concrete garage and basement of a would-be manse.
Ditch the “Grow-Mow-Blow” Mentality of Lawn Care With These Expert Tips
A Bay Area landscape designer brings this philosophy to life in the hills of drought- and fire-plagued California.
A San Francisco Victorian Conceals a Striking Rear Extension—and a Rooftop Hot Tub
The 1886 home retains its modest character from the street, but the renovation at the back tells an entirely new story.
Before & After: New Homeowners Join the Eichler Fan Club With Their First Remodel
A couple enlist Oakland interior design firm Decorotation to revitalize a 1956 East Bay classic by the renowned developer.
A Marin Midcentury With Mount Tamalpais Views Lists for $1.5M
Set just an hour north of San Francisco, the Mediterranean-inspired home comes with a turnkey ADU.
A Hillside Midcentury With a Wood-Wrapped Interior Surfaces in the East Bay for $2M
Perched in the hills of El Cerrito, the 1960s home comes with a trove of original detail and a shady backyard.
A Bolinas Midcentury With a Commanding View of the Pacific Asks $5M
A Bolinas Midcentury With a Commanding View of the Pacific Asks $5M
Set high on a cliff in the Northern California surf town, the ship-like, weatherworn residence takes in epic sunsets and sweeping vistas.
Architect Albert Lanier’s Redwood House in San Francisco Gets a Spirited Renovation
Designed in 1974 by Lanier, famed artist Ruth Asawa’s husband, the Noe Valley residence features fresh new finishes and an expanded plan that takes advantage of city views.
This Magnificent Marin Midcentury Comes With Bay Views and a Bountiful Garden
Designed by Joseph Esherick in 1961, the five-bedroom home sits just a stone’s throw away from San Francisco.
A Wood-Clad Bay Area Home With Tree House Vibes Asks $3.6M
Located on the peninsula south of San Francisco, the home features wraparound windows that look out into a canopy of mature oak trees.
This ’60s Eichler Has Floor-to-Ceiling Windows in Every Room
The restored home—listed for $3.4M—comes with jaw-dropping views of the San Francisco Bay.
This $849K Bay Area Midcentury Will Greet You With Sounds From a Babbling Brook
Set in El Cerrito, California, the revamped post-and-beam beauty is bound to get scooped up any day.
The Largest Eichler in the East Bay Lists for $2.65M
This remodeled midcentury home in Castro Valley, California, is equipped with lots of entertaining space, and a backyard ball pit to boot.
Before & After: A Gloomy San Francisco Garage Is Retooled as a Charming English Cottage
Architect Jack Hotho and Innen Studio swap out sloping floors and exposed wires to create a bright and breezy living space.
To Rebuild After a Fire, a California Family Turns to Prefab
A trifecta of buildings from Connect Homes—a main residence, a guesthouse, and a garage—form their new retreat in Sonoma.
Before & After: A Storied Midcentury Home Begins a New Chapter on Its 70th Anniversary
Architect Robert Swatt sets out to preserve a classic John Carl Warnecke house while carrying it into the present.
An Indoor/Outdoor Renovation Revives an Oakland Home’s Spirit of Connection
Updates over the years left it sealed off, so Sidell Pakravan Architects created open living spaces that flow out to a generous deck for a family to gather.
A Donald Olsen–Designed Midcentury Seeks $1.7M in Berkeley, CA
The Berkeley Hills home underwent a thoughtful renovation by the current owners, an architect couple—one of whom is a former student of Olsen’s.
An Outdoorsy Family’s Bay Area Midcentury Gets an Era-Defying Update
Architect Emily Jagoda revives a 1960 residence in Woodside, California, with playful elements geared toward the kids and adults alike.
$1.9M Will Land You This Tastefully Updated “Pop-Top” Model Eichler in the Bay Area
The 1960 home by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons maintains many original details, including its signature open-air atrium.
Before & After: A Single Door Connects This San Francisco Bungalow’s Past With Its Future
“You feel like you’re walking through a time machine,” says architect Robert Edmonds.
A Bay Area Renovation Carves Away Space to Reveal a Luminous Family Home
In Atherton, California, the aptly named Void House carefully subtracts space—and reduces the existing footprint—in this unconventional transformation.
Before & After: Fresh Finishes Bring a Bay Area Eichler Into the Future
Gast Architects revamps a classic California home that hadn’t been updated since it was originally built in 1956.
A Creative Couple’s Lovingly Revamped Seattle Condo Lists for $420K
As architect Hank Butitta and artist Nell Nordlie say goodbye to their 512-square-foot home, they hope its next owner will cherish its many charms.
This Meticulously Restored Eichler in the Bay Area Could Be Yours for $1.25M
Designed by architect Claude Oakland in 1963, the model home in Concord, California, features a classic pitched roof and a central atrium with a skylight.
Before & After: A Once-Dingy Colonial Style Is Now One Family’s Bright, Bold Forever Home
Taryn Mickus had a vision to transform a 1910 home in her neighborhood with new finishes, custom touches, and an open plan, and her husband, architect Ben Mickus, executed.