Eisenmann Architecture

Alvarado Street Victorian

A residential remodel of a San Francisco Victorian.  The scope of work included a two story addition at the rear of the house to replace an old and structurally insufficient kitchen sun porch.  The new second floor eliminates kitchen ceiling oddities of the previous porch, and instead creates a unified space.  The new first floor area provides a working art studio.  A deck and patio extend the spaces horizontally at both levels, connecting vertically with an architectural stair.  The steel structure of the deck and stair minimizes visual obstructions, such as bracing, when viewing garden from the studio.  The required firewall along the deck is both a feature when the gridded light from the grating above washes onto it and a backdrop to the owner’s vintage ceramic fireplace.

 

The design language bridges mid-century modern elements with the existing Victorian home.  Walnut open shelves, exposed red-steel moment frames, and architectural metalwork respectfully contrast with triple lap siding, plaster ceiling medallions, and Victorian scaled trim.

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