Collection by Caroline Wallis

A San Francisco Renovation Opens to the Outdoors While Blocking City Noise


An old Noe Valley cottage is transformed into a modern urban retreat with a massive wine cellar to boot.

What San Francisco complicates with limited parking and tricky slopes, it makes up for with stunning views of the Bay. That’s exactly the attitude a Noe Valley neighborhood homeowner brought to her remodel. San Francisco–based firm Studio VARA was contracted to transform a 1908 cottage with a history of incohesive alterations into a beautiful, practical 3,500-square-foot space. The all-female architectural/engineering team’s careful attention to detail paid off with a comfortable urban retreat that equally reflects the history of the original cottage and the homeowner’s needs.

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