Previously the home of the American figurative painter Joan Brown, this San Francisco Eichler home at the top of Diamond Heights was purchased by one of our long term clients who is a senior director at Apple. The large house was suffering from a lack of natural light, a funky layout, and a mishmash of finishes. When we discussed the long term vision for the house, the Owners challenged us to ‘surprise them’ with thoughtful, unexpected details. Our focus was on creating a light filled, airy space that was minimal but warm. A preserved mosaic tile at one of the bathrooms pays respect to Joan Brown and her beloved cat Donald.
The design was implemented in 2 phases, using the same design and construction team. Entry, Kitchen and Dining was part of Phase One, with the remaining areas completed under Phase Two.
Overall we introduced more daylight through glass and skylights. A new landscaped front garden has an ‘engawa’ floating deck. The layout of the house was changed to circulate around the existing center courtyard. Existing concrete radiant floors were repaired, and resurfaced. The house now flows naturally from front to back, and there is a subtle but sophisticated palette of materials, textures and yes a few unexpected details that delight.
architecture | David Yama, Robert Soo Hoo, Christian Tipping
construction | Jason Kotas
structural | Hom Pisano
custom millwork | J. Spix Fine Cabinets, OHIO Design
lighting consultant | Revolver Design
wallpaper | Alison Damonte
photography | Bruce Damonte