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Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

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Remodeling a Converted Firehouse

What better place to raise two active sons than an historic San Francisco firehouse? That’s what our clients were thinking when they moved into this 1890 vintage firehouse that was converted for residential use in 1963. Since then, local figures including interior designer John Dickerson and former Governor Jerry Brown have called this firehouse home. The problem? The living quarters were designed for two – not a growing family of four – and the outdoor living space was a haphazard patchwork of failing structures.

Aleck Wilson Architects brought smart answers to each of these problems, and we carried out the design with craftsmanship that matches the Victorian building’s original grandeur.

The Existing Structure

When the firehouse was first converted, a wall separated the large engine room from the bedroom and bath. The back of the house had small windows overlooking a sunken concrete courtyard that led to an exterior staircase – all of which was near falling apart.

Rec Room for Kids Play and Entertaining Guests

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To make the most of the downstairs level, we tore out the wall between the engine room and bedrooms to create a connection from the front door all the way to the back façade. The front room has new woodwork, crafted in keeping with the original bead board paneling that extends from wall to ceiling. The new woodwork blends so well with the original paneling that one can hardly tell it’s been remodeled.

Small Addition to Make Room for Two Boys’ Rooms

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We also carved a laundry room from part of the engine room, while building a small addition to the back of the house for a second downstairs bedroom. The highlights of the two boys’ rooms are floor-to-ceiling aluminum Fleetwood windows overlooking a stone courtyard and garden wall.

 

6 floor to ceiling steel windows Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

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For two active boys with a wide variety of interests including baseball, music, and reading, the bedroom design needed to incorporate diligent built-in storage solutions.

 

4 boys room remodel Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

 

We crafted custom storage for each room including cabinet-enclosed laundry hampers, hanging racks and drawers; and the larger bedroom features a built-in desk and shelving unit.

 

5 boys room custom storage Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

Modernizing the Outdoor Living Space

The most dramatic changes to the home came on the upstairs deck connecting to the second and third floors.

 

10 steel wood staircase remodel Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

 

The existing courtyard, deck, fence and exterior staircase were miserable to look at and difficult to navigate from the interior living spaces. The homeowners wanted a backyard that was fit for entertaining guests and giving the boys an outdoor play area, all the while preserving the back façade’s classic Victorian style.

 

11 blue stone patio renovation Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

 

Thoughtful on-site planning helped us carry out Aleck Wilson’s design intent while balancing durable materials and beautiful finishes for a blue stone patio, cedar privacy fence, and ipe stairs with galvanized metal railings.

 

Cedar privacy fence galvanized steel railings Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

 

“Our biggest challenge was to make the backyard feel contemporary while integrating it with the rest of the building,” says Jeff King. “The cedar fences really make an architectural statement. They modernize the whole backyard area while complimenting the façade’s classic period look.”

 

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In addition to remodeling the indoor and outdoor living spaces, we also redefined the home’s infrastructure including a new electrical system, new radiant heating and high efficiency hot water delivery.

 

8 steel window remodel Renovating Historic Firehouse for Family of Four

 

See progress shots and find out more about the history of Engine Co. No. 23 here.

Our Floor-to-Ceiling Storage & Entertainment Unit on Houzz

4 contemporary living room Jeff King Co Our Floor to Ceiling Storage & Entertainment Unit on Houzz

 

Building custom cabinetry and functional storage are some of our favorites in finish carpentry – and it’s the little details that have the biggest day-to-day impact for homeowners. Hiding home necessities out of view can be fun and practical, from drop-down coat racks to cabinet-enclosed espresso makers – and now Houzz is featuring our floor-to-ceiling storage wall at 5th Avenue.

The entertainment unit includes two pull-out secretary desks, ample shelving, and a sliding panel to hide the television when not in use. See the full ideabook, “How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room,” for more tips on making the most of tight spaces!

Our New Director of Production in SF Chronicle Sunday Paper

Congratulations to our new Director of Production, Don Shaw, for making the Sunday paper! You can find him in the July 13 San Francisco Chronicle “Movers and Shakers” column. Here’s to a strong start at Jeff King & Company!

 

movers and shakers Our New Director of Production in SF Chronicle Sunday Paper

“The Looker” in July Issue of San Francisco Magazine

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San Francisco Magazine has just published its Summer 2014 Design Scout highlights – and Jeff King & Company is one of them! Our featured Noe Valley carport was designed in close collaboration with the homeowners, who envisioned a private outdoor space for play, entertaining, and fire-pole-sliding. As San Francisco Magazine puts it:

“Contractor Jeff King of Jeff King & Company built out the playful architectural elements on Libeson’s must-have list – including kid-friendly synthetic grass and a two-story brass fire pole, which is also frequented by adults during cocktail parties.”

Read the print magazine PDF or see the online version to check out all the creative solutions for this converted parking space.

 

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Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

Transitional Style Living Room Remodel Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

When we arrived on the scene, this historic 1906 residence had already been remodeled at least three times in the past 20 years. In partnership with Aleck Wilson Architects (AWA) and Wright Stewart Jones Design Studio, we set out to open up the living space for an active family of five.

Original Structure: Historic Building with Mismatched Renovations

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“Our biggest challenge was to restore some of the grandeur that had long been lost from the original floor plan,” explains architect Stephen Verner of AWA. “At the same time we needed to meet the aesthetic and lifestyle needs of a modern family.”

 

Traditional Living Room Renovation Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

The original structure had many limitations, including a very dark kitchen, family room and dining room with no connection to the backyard. Natural light was limited by low head height in the living room windows and by small window openings on the third floor and side façade. A cramped downstairs layout was not conducive for family time or for hosting parties, which were two main priorities for the homeowners.

Simple Reconfiguration to Bring Light & Openness

To solve the problem of limited natural light in the center of the home, we replaced the back wall with two pairs of glass doors and a large window.

 

Red Cedar Shingle Facade Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

The kitchen moved from the back facade to the center of the home, now illuminated by a large skylight. The family room took the place of the kitchen, with the entire lower level of the house now connected by a dining room that also serves as a spacious hallway.

 

Blue Dining Room Decorations Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

Updated Design for 2nd Generation Arts & Crafts Home

Starting with the facade, the team replaced yellow painted shingles with natural red cedar to bring a new level of sophistication. Because this home was built as a twin with the adjacent building, the new facade now strengthens the visual relationship between the two.

In honor of the home’s original Edwardian charm, we carried a uniform sense of scale and detailing between all downstairs rooms. For example, two sets of sliding doors connecting the kitchen / dining room and entry / living room offer privacy and soundproofing. Because of their similar scale and style, these sliding doors also help marry the two spaces.

 

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Consistent ceiling height and trim – including wainscoting in the formal living room and dining room – also carries a unified visual language throughout the main level of the house.

French Country Influence for Family Kitchen

Kitchen before after Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

As illustrated in the before & after images, the original kitchen was lacking natural light and fluidity with the attached downstairs living spaces. Our solutions:

  • Large skylight between kitchen & family room
  • Calacatta Oro marble countertops, island & backslash to reflect light
  • Ornate island with carved Black Walnut legs
  • Custom fabricated pewter hood to reflect French country influence
  • Detailed wainscoting to reinforce Edwardian roots

 

White Black Walnut Kitchen Remodel Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

“We wanted the island to read as a piece of furniture,” comments Verner. “The carved legs have an old school feel, which is echoed in the family room beams.”

 

Traditional White Kitchen Remodel Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

Style & Functionality for Ensuite Master Bath

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The existing master bathroom had a dilapidated steam shower and was too large to have any sense of proportion. In response to these problems, we:

  • Glass enclosed steam shower as a focal point of bathroom
  • Integrated bathtub & shower arrangement
  • Oversize double vanities connected by long marble top
  • Enclosed toilet room hidden by full-length mirror
  • Mirrors integrated into wall with sleek medicine cabinets
  • Repetition of eye-level fixtures to localize light on one’s face

 

White Marble Bathroom Remodel Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

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Living with the Remodel: Natural Light & Communal Space

For a family with three kids, the home is now much more functional and comfortable. The son and two daughters can deposit their stuff in the ground floor mudroom before accessing the main floor via concealed staircase. The mother enjoys a private office hidden right in the middle of the living space, and the father has a home office of his own on the second floor.

 

Bluestone Deck and Firepit Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

Edwardian Home Remodel Historic Renovation: Sophistication & Style for Family of Five

 

Verner reflects: “The new family room and backyard are really a draw for the kids and all their friends. The adjacency and openness between the family room, kitchen and backyard is dramatically improved – the family loves it.”

Thanks to the homeowners, Aleck Wilson Architects, and Wright Stewart Jones Design Studio for a great project!

From the President: A Warm Welcome to Don Shaw, Director of Production

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We are excited to welcome Don Shaw as our new Director of Production! After considering many of the Bay Area’s most qualified residential building experts, we are confident that Don has the deep knowledge and client-centric approach to best serve our homeowners. He brings multifaceted experience as a production manager, crew leader, homeowner’s representative and teacher – and with it a big picture perspective on what it takes to build a house.

A few highlights from Don’s background:

  • 20 YEARS: Management level positions in residential construction industry
  • 11 YEARS: Teaching construction mgmt at Santa Rosa Jr College & Sonoma State
  • 10 YEARS: Managing field staff for high-end residential building projects
  • 5 YEARS: Certified LEED AP Building & Design Construction
  • 7 YEARS: Managing contract administration for high end residential builder
  • 4 YEARS: Advocating for client’s best interest as a homeowner’s representative

Please extend a warm welcome to Don! He is a valuable asset to our field crew, to our design partners and to our clients. We look forward to seeing our production department thrive under his leadership.

To get to know Don better, read his bio here. And don’t forget to say hi if you see him on a job site or in the office!

Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architect’s Newspaper

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In partnership with Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture, we helped these Sausalito homeowners turn a steep hillside backyard into a series of lush vertical gardens. The outdoor retreat now has a sense of privacy thanks to Alaskan yellow cedar garden walls and decking, while the layout is designed to maximize the property’s magnificent bay view.

As The Architect’s Newspaper put it:

“The Sausalito Residence also has a street-side garden, an unusual feature for such a steep site. Griffin conceived of the garden, which landscape architect Scott Lewis reworked into a series of terraces, as a counterbalance to the spectacular view. Because of the garden, she said, the house ‘had the ability to be perched, but also feel grounded. We really saw the space as a kind of threshold that allowed you to hover between land and view.’ To echo the ivy-covered fence it replaced, the clients chose a slatted Alaskan yellow cedar perimeter wall, with gaps allowing glimpses of the lush landscaping inside.”

 

Yellow Cedar Deck and Garden Wall Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

 

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Deck and Garden Wall Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

 

Alaskan Yellow Cedar decking Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

 

Carport and Cedar Privacy Fence Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

 

Horizontal Panel Wood Privacy Fence Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

 

Planted Garden Fence Sausalito Hillside Deck Featured in Architects Newspaper

Add this deck to an ideabook on Houzz or read more about the right way to build a roof deck.

 

Jeff King & Company Named 2014 Guildmaster with Distinction

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Client happiness is the backbone of our business, and that’s why Jeff King & Company is honored to be named a Guildmaster with Distinction three years in a row. Together with over 200 North American builders, remodelers, developers and contractors, GuildQuality recognizes us for superior delivery of customer care in 2014.

GuildQuality is an independent customer satisfaction surveying company that reviews its members once per year with the following criteria: percentage of clients that responded to surveys and percentage of clients that are likely to recommend. Exceeding the standard for both criteria has earned us recognition as a customer service leader within the residential construction industry. With 10 five-star reviews and a 98% recommendation rate, we have our clients to thank for that!

See our GuildQuality profile to read recent feedback and learn more about the Guildmaster with Distinction award.

 

 

As Seen in Where Magazine: Our SOMA Loft

Our SOMA project made the cover of Where magazine’s San Francisco edition this month! The interior designer on the project, Lauren Geremia, is deservedly featured in a nice write-up on the Bay Area’s top three design aces. Click the images below to expand the article or read the online version here.

Where San Francisco May 2014 As Seen in Where Magazine: Our SOMA Loft

 

Where Bay Area Design Aces As Seen in Where Magazine: Our SOMA Loft

Where Magazine Soma Loft As Seen in Where Magazine: Our SOMA Loft

Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and Entertaining

Industrial live work Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and Entertaining

 

How do you take an historic brick warehouse and re-appropriate it for a truly modern and highly functional live-work-event space? This was our challenge with a unique lofted building in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown. The result is a versatile space that straddles the line between private and communal, modern and historic, industrial and cozy.

 

Live work warehouse Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingResidential concrete floors

 

In a close collaboration with Boor Bridges Architecture and Geremia Design, we ran with the client’s primary intention to celebrate the existing 8,000 square foot SOMA loft while creating small but dramatic interventions. The homeowner entered the project with a commitment to participate in the structure – a commercial laundry turned fashion atelier – without interrupting it. Clever design and custom manufactured details were the key to getting there.

 

3 Live Work San Francisco Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingStainless steel railing

 

Downstairs, the open layout was preserved to allow for workshop-meets-art gallery functionality. Twenty-six foot high atrium ceilings invite large sculptural and lighting installations, while clean white walls are perfect for hanging art or projecting video.

Echoing the client’s interest in light installations, Boor Bridges designed LED lighting fixtures that celebrate material and form. A string of light bulbs float in a perforated metal carriage for a simple concept that, from a distance, looks like a metal band dotted with points of light. These hanging fixtures light both upstairs and downstairs to carry a consistent design element between the two.

 

4 Communal bathroom remodel Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingStainless steel communal sink

 

Next to an industrial kitchen for catering and bartending, communal bathrooms were designed to accommodate a large volume of guests in style. Powder coated fixtures and ceramic tile make for washable surfaces and a mood that is both minimal and rough-around-the-edges. From a craftsmanship standpoint, we were especially challenged to install a 13-foot long stainless steel sink. Calling on our local fabricators, we had the piece custom made along with a unique towel bar. The result is both minimal and highly functional.

Sometimes demolition reveals fun surprises – and that turned out to be the case in this project. Tearing out the original bathroom revealed two solid metal doors over an enormous opening to the interior patio. Following the client’s intention to celebrate the historic building, we repurposed the industrial doors as two large work benches that can also be used for serving food and drink. Over-scaled glass doors now lead to the small patio for a quiet outdoor retreat.

 

5 Interior staircase to roof Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingRiveted steel I-beam columns

 

6 Retractable skylight with stairs Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingDouglas fir stairs

 

Upstairs, the space maintains many stylistic elements while the function shifts completely. The homeowner wanted to leave minimal fingerprints on the space while adding a few architectural elements to make it his own – and one of our favorite construction challenges of the entire project was born of this concept.

In a completely custom retractable skylight, we were able to combine three functions in one: roof access, workspace and light. How? Boor Bridges designed a genius steel stringer with T&G fir treads that extend beyond the steps to create a solid slab desk and two shelves. The stairs make for a smooth transition from the loft to the roof, which is accessed via skylight (and one that opens and closes at the push of a button).

 

Remodeling San Francisco Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingIndustrial barn door sitting on rails

 

7 Contemporary residential remodel Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingSteel hung sliding barn door

 

Modern bedroom remodel Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingIndustrial perforated steel lighting

 

The skylight isn’t the only thing that can instantly transform the upstairs space. The guest bedroom is enclosed by steel hung sliding barn doors that, when closed, offer complete privacy. When opened, the industrial-style doors allow an unoccupied guest room to become a seamless part of the expansive floor plan.

 

9 Contemporary Loft remodel Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingFirehouse trademark arched windows

 

With such an array of sliding doors, open and closed roof access and industrial tables on wheels, this SOMA loft is ready to transform at the snap of a finger to meet the client’s changing needs. The result is a perfect balance of privacy and openness in a modern design that honors an historic structure.

 

Modern tile bathroom Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and Entertaining

 

Sliding steel doors residential Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and Entertaining

 

In the spirit of this collaborative workshop space, we valued the collaborative remodeling process between homeowner, architect and designer. Project architect Sarah Fucinaro put it best: “It’s important for the teams involved to be passionate about the project and have fun with it. That creative input lives in the project once it’s done, and that gets passed on to the people that enjoy the space once we’ve left.”

 

10 San Francisco remodeling Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and Entertaining

 

City rooftop remodel Historic SOMA Loft for Live, Work, Art Making and EntertainingIpe wood roof deck

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