Karin Payson architecture + design | Starfish House

Starfish House

At three stories tall on a hillside site, the original 1978 house was crumbling, but had commanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. A repair project with a minor facelift soon became a major renovation. A completely new street façade drove changes to the floor plan that enabled to the owners to reconsider their way of living. The interior changed dramatically with a small addition that created a generous south-and-east-facing kitchen and deck that work as a pair of rooms and extend the reach of natural light deeper inside The former kitchen location—a balcony above a two-story living room—is now a study with its view to the Bay, the Bridge and Headlands. The master suite and adjacent bedroom were expanded by the façade changes. Throughout the house KPa+d used natural materials and minimalist detailing to provide a sense of peace within.

Photos by Stephen Barker