A History Lesson – Westgate House

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The Westgate house was originally built in 1926, in the vicinity of Monterey and Westwood Heights.  Nine years prior to this, the Twin Peaks Tunnel was built and created a very important connection between east and west San Francisco.  The service through the tunnel evolved from streetcars in the beginning, and then into light rail.  It definitely made getting… 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 Life of a Stairway

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I can imagine you didn’t have any idea that stairs could be so complex.  Well these were.  We had a lot of elements to consider and really had to put on our thinking caps to make it all work together. Here we go, from bottom to top!   Walk up the first set of stairs… 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 »