Interior designers Lynn K. Leonidas and Andrea Faucett partnered with architect Simon Kwan on the Balboa Residence to complete a full renovation of a father's childhood home in San Francisco. It houses a robust family life for a couple of surfers, makers, art collectors, and their two young boys. The remodel for this newly imagined floorplan includes a new kitchen and bathrooms among the many updates made to the home's overall interior architecture. Iconic mid-century seating, local Bay Area-made furnishings, and contemporary artwork were selected to pair naturally with the cohesive finish materials, lighting, and custom woodworking throughout.

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Modern home with Living Room, Two-Sided Fireplace, Coffee Tables, Sofa, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Light Hardwood Floor. The double-sided fireplace anchors the first floor as a transitional element between entry, kitchen, dining room, and living room pictured. The fireplace tile was a custom designed shape by the interior designers and was manufactured locally by Fireclay Tile. The integrated bookcase and mantle were made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut. Photo  of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The double-sided fireplace anchors the first floor as a transitional element between entry, kitchen, dining room, and living room pictured. The fireplace tile was a custom designed shape by the interior designers and was manufactured locally by Fireclay Tile. The integrated bookcase and mantle were made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut.

Modern home with Living Room and Bookcase. The built-in bookcase holds some of the instruments and books for the two young boys. Photo 2 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The built-in bookcase holds some of the instruments and books for the two young boys.

Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, and Accent Lighting. The living room also serves as a music room. The designers sourced the pine block at a local lumber yard and used it as a coffee table. Photo 3 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The living room also serves as a music room. The designers sourced the pine block at a local lumber yard and used it as a coffee table.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, and End Tables. A single Easy Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Sons sits in the corner of the living room. Photo 4 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

A single Easy Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Sons sits in the corner of the living room.

Modern home with Dining Room, Recessed Lighting, Gas Burning Fireplace, Two-Sided Fireplace, Light Hardwood Floor, Table, Lamps, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Storage, Accent Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. The designers considered lighting design as an impactful element in this modern interior. Here it compliments the glow from the double-sided fireplace. The dining room pendant is by Brendan Ravenhill. The dining table is made locally by Kaimade Woodworking from hickory wood. Photo 5 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The designers considered lighting design as an impactful element in this modern interior. Here it compliments the glow from the double-sided fireplace. The dining room pendant is by Brendan Ravenhill. The dining table is made locally by Kaimade Woodworking from hickory wood.

Modern home with Dining Room, Two-Sided Fireplace, Storage, Table, Lamps, Chair, Gas Burning Fireplace, Light Hardwood Floor, and Accent Lighting. The wall-to-wall sideboard serves as buffet storage as well as storage for kids' homework supplies. The designers had it custom made and chose a dark teal conversion varnish to set the tone for the home's surf palette. Photo 6 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The wall-to-wall sideboard serves as buffet storage as well as storage for kids' homework supplies. The designers had it custom made and chose a dark teal conversion varnish to set the tone for the home's surf palette.

Modern home with Hallway and Light Hardwood Floor. The architect removed the existing hallway but kept the structural wall to divide the kitchen and dining room. The result is an inviting and open plan that leads straight back to the patio and family room. Photo 7 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The architect removed the existing hallway but kept the structural wall to divide the kitchen and dining room. The result is an inviting and open plan that leads straight back to the patio and family room.

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Undermount Sink, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Granite Counter, Dishwasher, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Wood Counter, Range, Refrigerator, Range Hood, and Ceramic Tile Backsplashe. The kitchen was designed with mixed materials: walnut base cabinets and white upper cabinets as well as a butcher block island countertop mixed with black granite counters. Walnut was chosen for the base cabinets to hide dirty fingerprints created by the kids, and white upper cabinets were placed at top to avoid constant maintenance. The backsplash tile is by Fireclay Tile. The pendant lights are by Schoolhouse Electric. Photo 8 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The kitchen was designed with mixed materials: walnut base cabinets and white upper cabinets as well as a butcher block island countertop mixed with black granite counters. Walnut was chosen for the base cabinets to hide dirty fingerprints created by the kids, and white upper cabinets were placed at top to avoid constant maintenance. The backsplash tile is by Fireclay Tile. The pendant lights are by Schoolhouse Electric.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Microwave, and Ceiling Lighting. A microwave was built in to the island at an under-counter level for easy reach for the kids. The family enjoys the ease of the butcher block countertop, and they don't worry about the spills during parties. Photo 9 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

A microwave was built in to the island at an under-counter level for easy reach for the kids. The family enjoys the ease of the butcher block countertop, and they don't worry about the spills during parties.

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Accent Lighting, Range, Recessed Lighting, White Cabinet, Metal Cabinet, Granite Counter, Light Hardwood Floor, and Range Hood. In the kitchen, the designers also considered lighting design with cabinet lighting both under and above the cabinets. The backsplash tile is by Fireclay Tile. The hood range is custom wrapped in blackened steel by Joe Chambers.  Photo 10 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

In the kitchen, the designers also considered lighting design with cabinet lighting both under and above the cabinets. The backsplash tile is by Fireclay Tile. The hood range is custom wrapped in blackened steel by Joe Chambers.

Modern home with Staircase, Glass Railing, Metal Railing, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. The entry introduces the home's mixed wood elements of white oak and walnut. The staircase railing and hook rack were made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut. Photo 11 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The entry introduces the home's mixed wood elements of white oak and walnut. The staircase railing and hook rack were made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut.

Modern home with Bath Room, Vessel Sink, Wall Lighting, and Granite Counter. The powder room features a dramatic wallpaper by Osborne & Little. It is a nod to the seaside home's themes of surf and water. The custom mirror shelf and floating vanity are made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced Claro walnut. Photo 12 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The powder room features a dramatic wallpaper by Osborne & Little. It is a nod to the seaside home's themes of surf and water. The custom mirror shelf and floating vanity are made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced Claro walnut.

Modern home with Living Room, End Tables, Sectional, Accent Lighting, Chair, Coffee Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. The family room has a comfortable sectional for TV watching and plenty of soft finishes for tumbling around. The tables and media credenza are by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build. Photo 13 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The family room has a comfortable sectional for TV watching and plenty of soft finishes for tumbling around. The tables and media credenza are by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build.

Modern home with Living Room, End Tables, Accent Lighting, Chair, and Light Hardwood Floor. The belted leather Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen creates a reading spot in the family room. The stool and media credenza are by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build. Photo 14 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The belted leather Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen creates a reading spot in the family room. The stool and media credenza are by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build.

Modern home with Kids Room, Bed, Neutral Gender, Storage, Dresser, Rockers, Boy Gender, Bedroom Room Type, Light Hardwood Floor, Pre-Teen Age, and Rug Floor. One of the boy's rooms has a simple white palette and a sea-inspired rug. Photo 15 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

One of the boy's rooms has a simple white palette and a sea-inspired rug.

Modern home with Kids Room, Boy Gender, Bedroom Room Type, Dresser, Light Hardwood Floor, Pre-Teen Age, and Bed. A kids room is outfitted with both new and vintage furnishings that transition with the boy as he grows. Photo 16 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

A kids room is outfitted with both new and vintage furnishings that transition with the boy as he grows.

Modern home with Kids Room, Pre-Teen Age, Bedroom Room Type, Chair, Bed, Boy Gender, Storage, Bookcase, and Night Stands. The space theme was inspired by the Death Star desk purchased at the kids' school auction and made by a local parent.  Photo 17 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The space theme was inspired by the Death Star desk purchased at the kids' school auction and made by a local parent.

Modern home with Bath Room, Recessed Lighting, Vessel Sink, Engineered Quartz Counter, Porcelain Tile Wall, Accent Lighting, Full Shower, Porcelain Tile Floor, and Alcove Tub. In the family bath, continuous tile crawls up from floor to wall, keeping the kids bath area seamless and simple. The floating vanity is made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut. Photo 18 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

In the family bath, continuous tile crawls up from floor to wall, keeping the kids bath area seamless and simple. The floating vanity is made by Kaimade Woodworking with locally sourced walnut.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Light Hardwood Floor, and Accent Lighting. The master bedroom features a wall of gingham wallpaper as a backdrop for the walnut nightstands made by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build and bed frame made by Kaimade Woodworking. Photo 19 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

The master bedroom features a wall of gingham wallpaper as a backdrop for the walnut nightstands made by local woodworkers Mellon Winslow Design Build and bed frame made by Kaimade Woodworking.

Modern home with Bedroom, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, Dresser, and Bed. A dresser was custom fit inside this niche in the master bedroom. It was made by Kaimade Woodworking with Claro walnut.  Photo 20 of Balboa ResidenceView Photos

A dresser was custom fit inside this niche in the master bedroom. It was made by Kaimade Woodworking with Claro walnut.

Architect
  • Simon Kwan
Interior Design
Photographer
  • Aubrie Pick
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015