Neighborhood: Glen Park Site Area: 3336 Sq. Ft. Floor Area: 2102 Sq. Ft. Completion Year: 2019
Unlike many Bay Area “dream homes”, the Pinales House is more indicative of the scale of remodel many young families can consider; a scale at which strategic design choices are key to discovering the unrealized potential of the home and site. Good design adds value. Here, this 1908 Glen Park home had been compromised by years of awkward remodels. The front door led directly to the private bedroom level, while the public gathering spaces were one-level down, with the main staircase dropping you into the existing kitchen. Potentially spectacular views of an existing mature redwood tree and broad city views beyond were entirely ignored and inaccessible. First, the knot of the plan was unraveled with a new split-level entryway and connecting stair. Then the rear of the home was opened up to the views, using the huge backyard conifer as design inspiration for a perforated steel guardrail connecting the new interior and exterior space seamlessly. A lower expansion connects the home to the yard and alleyway garage entry.