A mid century inspired screen brings together newly excavated lower level living space with a new kitchen and bedroom suite for a 1950s San Francisco hillside home. The lower level includes improved backyard access, a conveniently situated utility/mud room en route, and a bonus room and half bath that could flexibly function as expanded indoor-outdoor living space, or a separated accommodation for guests. The ground floor garage is shortened to allow space for a bedroom to be expanded to a master suite, while entry circulation is routed around the new opening to the lower level.
Upstairs, the walls between the kitchen and living space are removed. A new contemporary kitchen, dining area, and living room are separated from a shifted and straightened bedroom hallway by a simple threshold, marking the transition from the open and private areas of the home.
The new stair from the existing entry down to the rear of the hillside home creates a two-story through-connection from front to the back, expanding daylight and openness.
A mid-century inspired walnut screen is iterated on each level, providing continuity between the updates to each level, and together creating a focal point of design for the home.
The project is currently under construction.