Amazing architecture, a highly sought-after location, and enviable views always make for an ideal remodeling candidate. See what an award-winning architect did to capture the essence of the home.
The bridge walkway before.

Rather than do a complete teardown, or simply buy somewhere else, the owners of this modern home knew they had something special on their hands. It just needed the right architect to bring it back to life.

The bridge walkway after an extensive remodel.

As you can see in the before-and-after images, much work was done to create a modern look and feel, but to change the actual entrance to the home. New siding and railing help lead visitors down a treetop-like entryway complete with clean lines and a frosted glass door. The original entrance was in a different location and didn't create the "wow" effect that the new entrance does now. Making major architectural changes like this isn't a simple DIY project. This project illustrates just how effective a skilled professional can be, particularly regarding how architecture can affect our perception of space and our personal interaction with a home.

The original layout didn't completely take advantage of the view.

The original home, built by the client's father in the San Francisco neighborhood of Glen Park, boasted high ceilings and expansive windows that looked toward downtown. Beamed ceilings, a sound structural system, and a modernist philosophy were there. But the internal layout didn't take full advantage of the property. Enter Rossington Architecture Firm. Founded in 1999 by Phil Rossington, this firm has a wide collection of Bay Area residential and commercial projects under its belt. As a Certified Green Building Professional, focusing on sustainability, Rossington Architecture succeeds in efficient building practices and works carefully with the client to adhere to the design as well as budgetary goals.

The award-winning kitchen remodel.

The kitchen underwent an incredible transformation. The upper floor of this home was actually flipped, so that the kitchen now opens up into the hallway. Capturing the million-dollar views, this open-plan kitchen actually hides a secret weapon: frosted glass sliding pocket doors that can quickly close up and hide the kitchen.


This is a kitchen that has the best of both worlds: an open-plan space that lets the cook be part of the party (and did I mention the views?) but gives her the ability to close off the kitchen to hide messes or simply to change the look and feel of the dining and living rooms. Although a compact 200 square feet, this kitchen features a plethora of cabinets and drawers, using durable but attractive materials that will last another several decades. The dramatic renovation won this kitchen the Qualified Remodeler Magazine Gold Award for kitchen designs in 2014.

Completely remodeling, and possibly moving, a kitchen like this one isn't cheap and isn't a do-it-yourself project. In fact, the national average cost of a 200-square-foot upscale major kitchen remodel is $113,097. This kitchen, also 200 square feet, cost $140,000 to remodel, which is just slightly above the San Francisco average of $134,874. But considering the location of this thoroughly modern home, and the scope of the remodel, I'd say the homeowners made a wise investment.

Embarking on a large-scale project, like this whole-home remodel in San Francisco, takes a lot of preparation and planning. Working with a qualified professional who understands local building codes, as well as understands how to translate a vision from paper to reality, is a baseline for hiring. Good communication and an ability to stick to the budget are also incredibly important for the project's success. Be sure to read up on kitchen remodeling, like these common kitchen renovation mistakes to avoid.

Photos courtesy of Rossington Architecture


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