Digging Up Dirt

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It is a challenge to do “rooms down” when there isn’t enough headroom below the main floor. Ideally you want to get high enough ceilings in the basement to create space that is comfortable to live in.  8-foot ceilings are not enough to do this.  9-foot ceilings are much better. So we needed to stay… Read more »

The Legacy of West Portal Neighborhood

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For many San Franciscans, the Twin Peaks Tunnel’s last stop at the West Portal station is just a spot on a map. If you have a chance to hop off the train at Ulloa Street, you’ll find an urban village full of hidden gems. Check out the 1944 street shot –some places don’t change much!… Read more »

We Did It!

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  The newel post in this photo was installed where a closet used to be.  Why?  Because planning codes required that the upper access to the stairwell be an open space. It could not be closed off with a door.  Why again?  Mainly to make it difficult to create a closed stairwell if a future owner… Read more »

The Stair Challenge

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The lower garage level space in the house was adequate for the time it was built in 1926.  This space was used as a utility room, and for the furnace, water heater, and garage.   We think it may have been legal when originally built. But the existing stairs that connected to the upper main floor… Read more »

What About the Handrails?

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Older houses, like this remodel, have gone through many transitions over time.  Sometimes owners changed very basic things, such as a handrail. In our case, the house had two handrails, an extensive one inside going downstairs and one outside leading to the front door. Both of the handrails in the house we remodeled were most… Read more »

Westgate Project – Historic House

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An historic house classification. What does this mean to the homeowner and architect/builder team who wants to renovate their home? A house is classified historic by the city when it’s over 50 years old.  In our case the house was built in 1926, so it’s close to a hundred years old.  And it’s very likely… Read more »

Westgate Project – Challenges

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We faced big challenges before we even started with the Westgate remodel.  The existing house was too small for the owner’s needs.  It was built on a sloping site, on a narrow lot, with no room for expansion except at the garage level below the house.  Plus the existing house had a non-permitted bedroom/bathroom at… Read more »