Multi-unit Rehabilitations

San Francisco

Another important area of residential design is rehabilitating worn out, run down buildings to restore badly needed housing stock and retain the character of traditional San Francisco neighborhoods. As a designer I feel a civic responsibility to restore old buildings with history and character rather than tear them down and erect a bland replacement.

Oak Street before

This 1888 Victorian in San Francisco is still mostly intact and has three legal units. It had suffered a small fire and has been vacant for three years. The owner is committed to the building and hired us to design a renovation which includes a new garage under the building, restoring the facade to its original look and upgrading all of the mechanical systems. New kitchens and baths will be installed along with period mouldings added where they have been removed. The result will be a large restored owner's unit at the top and two renovated apartments below.
This type of project adds value to the community without disturbing the look and feel of an architecturally significant Victorian building.

 Proposed Oak Street front elevation
Proposed street front

Below is a similar project , a much used 1880's Victorian with a stucco veneer applied over the original wood siding. The rehabilitated building will get a new foundation and enlarged living space on the ground floor, making it 5 units on 3 floors. The facade and front staircase will be restored to the original Victorian look, (See Facades ) A new portico will be designed for over the front stairs and the building exterior will be treated to an authentic Victorian paint scheme.
The building is on a wide lot which allows off street parking for each unit, as well as space for front and side yard plantings.
The end result will be an attractive addition to Dolores Street in San Francisco.

Dolores Street
Mission District Victorian

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