The first home I helped design for these long time friends and clients was a very modest, century old place in the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. Time passed and they started a family and it became time to find a more comfortable place. They found an L-shaped mid-century ranch style home with some decent bones. The goal for this project was to transform it into a more modern family friendly home that is light filled and more connected to the outside.

With the planning code limiting the expansion and with the desire to keep it a single level home we opted to play with the roof line to create clerestory and open ceiling to help flood the space with morning light. In addition the living room, dining room, kitchen and den are all connected and open to each other and the outside. While the spaces individually are not that large, the open connection between rooms, the natural light from the clerestory and the 16 foot wide sliding glass pocket door help make the space feel expansive. The pocket doors also help the outdoor patio become an extension of the living space.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Front steps Photo 2 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Front steps

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Tile Patio, Porch, Deck. Front door Photo 3 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Front door

Modern home with Hallway and Medium Hardwood Floor. View from foyer Photo 4 of Portola ValleyView Photos

View from foyer

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Living room Photo 5 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Living room

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Stools, Table, Lamps, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Living room Photo 6 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Living room

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Stools, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Dining room Photo 7 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Lamps, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Dining room Photo 8 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Table, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Dining room Photo 9 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Dining room Photo 10 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Dining room Photo 11 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Standard Layout Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Dining room Photo 12 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Dining room

Modern home with Doors, Sliding Door Type, Wood, and Interior. Door detail Photo 16 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Door detail

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. Inside & outside Photo 17 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Inside & outside

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. Inside & outside Photo 18 of Portola ValleyView Photos

Inside & outside

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Midcentury
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