Launch Slideshow

Wonky Works

Wonky Works

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    Courtesy Cary Bernstein Architect

    BEFORE: The entry courtyard of this century old San Francisco home.

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    Courtesy Cary Bernstein Architect

    BEFORE: Existing exterior condition and "ad hoc" form.

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    Cesar Rubio

    The new facade has FSC-certified cedar siding and high-performance wood windows.

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    Cesar Rubio

    The designers left the historic paneling throughout the home. The new aesthetic is open and contemporary as seen in this view from the dining area to the living room.

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    Cesar Rubio

    Modern details are integrated with the historic interior.

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    Cesar Rubio

    The new kitchen is open to the adjacent spaces but maintains the proportions of the original house. PRODUCTS: limestone, butcher block and Caeserstone counters; Miele dishwasher; Thermador oven; reclaimed barnsiding from Restoration Timber flooring

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    Cesar Rubio

    The renovation increases the connection between the indoors and outdoors as seen in this view from the entry courtyard.

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    Cesar Rubio

    The view from the second floor study.

Priorities

  • Expand the space, yet keep within the existing footprint to protect the mature gardens; preserve the “wonky” charm of the existing building’s ad-hoc character; integrate a modern architectural vocabulary with the older construction; build sustainably; deal with seismic requirements

Solutions

The designers brought a more modern vocabulary to this 100-year-old cottage by letting in light and developing an open plan, but they kept the historic paneling. Outside, they replaced shingles with FSC-certified cedar siding for both aesthetic and maintenance reasons. The pattern echoes the interior paneling.

They dealt with seismic requirements on the exterior. To help with lateral loads, they built a steel trellis with glass panels across the front door. “If the house wants to move one way, the steel pulls it back the other,” architect Cary Bernstein says.

Judges’ comments

The judges loved the interior and felt that despite the confused additions thrown on over the years, “the finished product stands alone as a delightful incarnation.” —Stacey Freed, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Waterworks

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Kohler; Sunrise Specialty; Toto

Countertops: Caesarstone

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Loewen

Fireplace: Superior

Hardware: Baldwin

HVAC: Runtal

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier; Halo; Erco; Lumiere; Leucos; Pucci

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore; Cabot

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Windows: Loewen