This massive concrete retaining wall has held up a hillside since who knows when. When the house was built in 1955 they used this as a foundation, and at 14′ high created a lofty first floor/basement. Remarkably dry. It continues through this lot and apparently all the way through the city block – 228′ long! We used this unfinished area to locate a new master bedroom and bathroom:The new ceiling will slope from the bathroom at 9′ up to 12′ at new doors in the side wall, facing a narrow yard. That’s the low point above, ..and the high end. That’s James of JP Builders – great guy to work with! This area will be the new sliding doors to the yard. A rendering in Sketchup showing the concrete wall along 2 sides, and the new rooms. The closet was located partially below the massive terrazzo stairs, and we left the brick supports exposed. Below is a photo of the back corner of the bathroom. The concrete wall was lined in cement board and will be clad in stone tile. I may have opted to leave the concrete exposed but the owner indicated that it was slightly crumbly and might not be as hardy when exposed to bath and shower water daily…Since the back corner is hugged by the giant concrete wall it had no windows, so we put glass around the wall to the bedroom to borrow light from the new doors. From the bath tub you’ll be able to see the stone wall continue through to the master bedroom.Here’s the wall where the bed will go, with the bathroom beyond. The two posts? One was existing / structural, the other hides plumbing. The 11′ high 3-panel sliders are from Fleetwood. The adjacent building is only 12′ away, so luckily we created a soffit for shades : )Out through the sliders will be a low deck and some landscaping. This is looking up toward the in the slot yard street. Just found out that any changes we want to make to the street front of the building will require a historic study….reminder: this was built in 1955…does that say ‘historic’ to you?
Welcome to San Francisco! Not that we’re planning anything major – I love the mid-century lines, but it’s looking tired. Stay tuned!
Although the 1980s have had a rebirth in music and fashion for a few years now, we’re not seeing it back in design. So the hot tub time machine was ripped out, and now the top floor is down to the studs. It’s great to be able to actually walk up to this window and look out now. Some wackadoo framing is seen here at a low eave under the dormer: the short verticals under each rafter aren’t nailed into anything! The space was originally an attic, so that the roof was framed in 2×4 at 32″ o.c. Looks like someone eavesdropped a soda bottle in there…The image to the right shows a jumble of framing that prevents us from inserting a pocket for the closet door seen there. We’re happy going with a bi-fold door to avoid a lot of re-roofing outside. Stairs and the off-center skylight on the left. We’ll smooth out those textured walls in the bedroom when it’s painted. Below, a ready-made waterproof niche for the lower bathroom shower from Innovis.
Approaching the zipped-off lower bathroom from the kitchen.
The truck that takes it away – more to come . .
This whirlpool tub was probably sexy in the early 1980s when it was put in! I can see the candles burning, some music playing…Alas, the new owners have grown tired of its angled charm, and want better use of the square footage. This project is to reconfigure a top floor gabled master suite in a 1907 San Francisco house.
The bathroom is a series of steps, resulting in a cramped shower! Who doesn’t love the backstage makeup lighting? There is a dormer that runs along one side of the house – with no windows – that we’re extending to the back wall (see below), and adding windows to.
It was smart to get the extra headroom in this small top floor space by adding the dormer. I enjoy a dark sleeping space but a windowless bedroom is gloomy and doesn’t conform to code (light, ventilation, egress…)
Those little black lights continue into the bedroom. We’ll be adding windows to the tv wall, and all new finishes / built-ins.
Once the angled-tub is gone we’ll remove part of the wall to capture more of this southwest view over the rolling hills.
Then there’s the ‘burnt-toast bathroom‘ on the lower floor that we’ll be updating, taking out those big square tiles that look like a breakfast mishap. Part of that is to relocate the door so you’re not looking directly from the kitchen to the – oh, hello – toilet!
More to come with this ….