Making a Classic, Classic Again

This house, in the exclusive enclave of Presidio Terrace, was completely transformed from a tired, badly executed, 1991 renovation into a grand home that respects its early 20th century roots. Designed by noted San Francisco architect Julius Krafft in 1910, the classic house was quite elegant on the exterior, but tired and dated on the exterior. The first order of business was to remove all traces of the earlier remodel. The renovation started at the basement level which was excavated to create an exclusive, resort-like spa and family space with a large gym, steam and sauna spaces, wine room, guest suite and large family room. The most dramatic part of the renovation was opening the 2-story staircase down to the basement and up to the 3rd floor. An elegant, modern steel handrail replaced a chunky wood railing. A small addition on the 1st floor created a new library reading room behind the dining room with a see-through fireplace and built in cabinetry throughout. The kitchen was completely updated with sleek white cabinetry. On the 2nd floor, a large master bedroom suite was created from 3 small rooms. The 3rd floor, formerly mostly attic space, was opened up for three kids' bedrooms and a large teen's rec room. The owner's extensive art collection is displayed, gallery-like, around the house and an array of unique and dramatic lighting fixtures can be seen throughout.