Originally constructed in 1949, this mid-century modern house represented forward thinking, however, the ground floor living spaces, north-facing orientation, and restricted architectural language deprived the home of natural light while ignoring views of the adjacent Presidio. The complete redesign and expansion takes full advantage of its unique perch above the parklands to create a continual sense of connectedness while bringing significant natural light and openness into the home. The principal gesture inverts the floor plan, moving the living spaces to the upper floor where opportunities for introducing natural light abound. Taking advantage of the full width of the property, it creates spaces that are expansive in every direction – atypical of San Francisco's narrow lots. A 12’ by 24’ skylight, extending the full width and length of the kitchen, floods natural light into the core of the open, connected living spaces while creating an unexpected connection to the sky.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Walkways, Raised Planters, Grass, Shrubs, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Landscape Lighting. Photo  of Spruce
Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Shrubs, Trees, Hardscapes, Raised Planters, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 2 of Spruce
Modern home with Wood Tread, Cable Railing, and Staircase. Photo 3 of Spruce
Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor, Staircase, Cable Railing, and Wood Tread. Photo 4 of Spruce
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Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, Light Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, Marble Backsplashe, Recessed Lighting, Wall Oven, Undermount Sink, and Microwave. An expansive skylight extends the full width and length of the kitchen, flooding natural light into the core of the open and connected living spaces.

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An expansive skylight extends the full width and length of the kitchen, flooding natural light into the core of the open and connected living spaces.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Marble Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Wall Oven, Microwave, and Undermount Sink. Photo 7 of Spruce
Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Oven. Photo 8 of Spruce
Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Marble Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Refrigerator. Photo 9 of Spruce
Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Counter, Light Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Marble Backsplashe, Recessed Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Photo 10 of Spruce
Modern home with White Cabinet, Concrete Counter, Marble Backsplashe, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Microwave, Undermount Sink, and Wall Oven. Photo 11 of Spruce
Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of Spruce
Modern home with Ceiling Lighting and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 13 of Spruce
Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. Photo 14 of Spruce
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