For a creative and tech savvy couple looking for a home in the City, high on their list was the wish to have a spacious in-home studio where they could engage in a variety of digital and analog works. When they spotted this four-story house in Bernal Heights, they saw the potential in the barely finished basement. But the access to this level was so tortuous that they rarely went down there during the first year after they moved in.

So, when building Lab's designers suggested flipping all the stairs to the opposite direction to improve the flow, our clients jumped at the chance of radically transforming the building. The result is an open interior with distinct and yet connected spaces spreading through all four floors. Tailor made for a young professional couple's lifestyle, the house serves multiple functions as dwelling, work stations, artist studio, as well as entertaining venue. Elegant sets of stairs become the star feature that seems to enable the burring of the boundaries between work, play, and relaxation.

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Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, House Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. Front entry Photo  of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Front entry

Modern home with Staircase, Glass Railing, and Wood Tread. Floating stairs up to bedroom floor Photo 2 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Floating stairs up to bedroom floor

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Dark Hardwood Floor, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Bench, and Pendant Lighting. Dining room with a view Photo 3 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Dining room with a view

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Ottomans. Living room Photo 5 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Living room

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Wall, One Piece Toilet, Porcelain Tile Floor, Enclosed Shower, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Master bath Photo 6 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Master bath

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Wall, One Piece Toilet, Wall Lighting, Undermount Sink, Porcelain Tile Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Engineered Quartz Counter, and Enclosed Shower. Master bath Photo 7 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Master bath

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Storage, Chair, Shelves, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Desk. Home office at mezzanine  Photo 8 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Home office at mezzanine

Modern home with Office, Dark Hardwood Floor, Study Room Type, Desk, and Chair. Custom worktop Photo 9 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Custom worktop

Modern home with Office, Craft Room Room Type, Concrete Floor, Storage, Desk, and Chair. Stairs down to art studio Photo 10 of SF House-Tech-Art-PlayView Photos

Stairs down to art studio

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Back patio

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Fire pit

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View of patio from upper terrace

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Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1999
  • Square Feet
  • 3000
  • Lot Size
  • 2750 sq. ft.
  • Smart Home Tech
  • Nest
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