19th Street House

John Lum Architecture renovated this family house to maximize the views while preserving the architectural integrity of the neighborhood in San Francisco.

  • area / size 4,500 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Type House,
  • Two distinct architecture styles collide in this renovated San Francisco residence: Charming cottage style in the front; cool modern multi-level design in the back.

    An engineering masterpiece, the house was completely renovated and rebuilt from the foundation up. The new 4500 square foot version has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

    To keep with the area’s vernacular, the front facade features an A-frame pitched roof, appropriate of the neighboring houses that line the tree-lined street. This original facade was maintained but updated with modern detailing. The rear offers a stark contrast. A flat-roofed addition with exposed steel beams and floor-to-ceiling windows frame backyard views.

    In a reversal of layout, the main level is located on the top level and boasts an open floor plan complete with living room, dining area, kitchen and second sitting area. The open kitchen allows for ample entertaining. Downstairs is the master suite which features a freestanding oval tub enclosed by glazed walls.

    Tiered levels balance the indoors with the out, with multiple terraces complementing the California indoor outdoor lifestyle. Peppered with generous windows, light floods all the levels while floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors let in Bay breezes. A private backyard provides a place for respite or active play. The entire design offers exceptional city views. The result: A family home that is as fun as it is practical.

    Design: John Lum Architecture
    Contractor: Eastwood Development
    Photography: Paul Dyer