Pacific Heights Kitchen and the 21st Century Edwardian

October 22, 2015

Some of what makes San Francisco Edwardians charming a century later are the moldings, window and door casings, paneling, large windows and detailed baseboards.  It’s a hundred years later and those details remain sacred and worth protecting.  However, in the need to modernize a dated Edwardian kitchen, dining space and improve a poor layout, it was critical to strike the right balance between what is new and fresh and what is worthy of maintaining.  It’s really the details of the Edwardian era that have remained timeless and worthy of accenting.  The baseboard, window and door casings, crown molding details from the original apartment got incorporated into the newly renovated space, providing a common thread between the old and new.

Although the details deserved reclaiming, the kitchen and adjacent spaces were in need of some reconfiguring.  The original layout had converted a porch into an enclosed dining space, which also served as the exposed laundry zone.  The washing machine and dryer sat below a small window, which was poorly positioned see out of, but managed to have one of the best views of the city.  In addition, there was a small pantry space that was accessed by the kitchen, but not well utilized.  The original kitchen layout was lacking in counter and storage space and had overall inefficient flow.  By opening up the kitchen layout and closing off the door to the pantry from the kitchen, it became imaginable to gain storage space, provide a return counter for bar stool seating and still keep the open feeling between the kitchen and dining spaces.  The once open laundry room graduated to its own space in the converted pantry, separating it from the dining space.  And, therefore, opening up the wall where it once lived to allow for larger windows, overlooking the city, additional storage, wine fridges and serving counter space.

The photos and plans below walk you through the existing, demolition, proposed plans and finished spaces.


Original kitchen after demolition


Original dining space with laundry exposed and small window towards city view.


View towards original dining space with single paned, leaky windows, sloped floor and no insulation.


Existing/demolition plan

New floor plan layout


View towards re-built dining space, new skylights, and kitchen with counter return for storage and seating.


View towards new sink location at window, vertical pantry storage, floating stained oak shelves and carrara marble backsplash and counters.  Shaker cabinets were selected to be traditional, but still modern with square edging and no beading detail.  The floating oak shelves are modern, while the marble is a traditional material, but delineated in a modern way with a square edge counter.


View towards previous laundry and water location. A fogged glass pocket door opens to new laundry room.  The pocket door casing matches the existing from the apartment, but the glass door is a modern selection.


Choosing to reveal and maintain original brickwork, along with crown molding and baseboard to match existing were details selected to preserve, while the waterfall marble counter is a modern detail with traditional materials.


Re-built dining room with new skylights, windows and detailing to match existing elements of the house.







View from media room, looking into remodeled kitchen showing existing door casing, paneling and baseboard from the original Edwardian.











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