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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

16 Million Monthly Users Award Us “Best of Houzz 2014″

Best of Houzz 2014 design 16 Million Monthly Users Award Us Best of Houzz 2014  Best of Houzz 2014 Satisfaction 16 Million Monthly Users Award Us Best of Houzz 2014

 

Houzz is becoming a ubiquitous resource for homeowners seeking remodel inspiration and professional support – and we’re thrilled to be recognized among the best for both Design and Customer Satisfaction!

“Each year, our community of homeowners and home design enthusiasts recognizes the home building, remodeling & design professionals delivering the best customer experience and the most inspiring and innovative designs,” says Houzz vice president of community Liza Hausman. Read the full press release to find out how 16 million monthly users call the vote.

Are you on Houzz? Be sure to follow us and get front row seats to our newest “Best of Houzz” projects and ideabooks.

 

Tune In for Jeff’s Talk “Architects: Building Your Business Around Them” at Remodeler’s Advantage

Remodelers Advantage Webinar Tune In for Jeffs Talk Architects: Building Your Business Around Them at Remodelers Advantage

 

This March, Jeff is honored to present a webinar in the ongoing series “From the Business Leaders” hosted by Remodeler’s Advantage!

In his presentation, “Architects: Building Your Business Around Them,” Jeff will share tips and strategies for making the most out of collaborative design relationships. With 10 years under his belt as a Roundtables member and his current participation in a Mentor III Group, Jeff looks forward to sharing insight from his own company experience with fellow RA members. Topics will cover everything from choosing the right partners to establishing clear roles and expectations in the construction process for ensuring successful collaborations.

We invite RA members to join us March 13, 2014 at 11am to learn how architect-designed projects can maximize growth for your business. RSVP here!

 

 

Our Noe Valley Remodel Is Admired All the Way from Australia!

COVER web Our Noe Valley Remodel Is Admired All the Way from Australia!

 

Thanks to Inside Out Magazine for featuring us in the March 2014 Issue! This Australian publication put together a whole story on how to freshen up your home with inventive indoor plants, and what better role model than our Noe Valley homeowners? It’s no surprise that our creative clients added a pop of color and foliage to their family room entry with a line of tiny potted plants. See the lower left corner of this spread for the “hidden gems” that are making news down under! 

 

Indoor Plants 3 web Our Noe Valley Remodel Is Admired All the Way from Australia!

Q&A: William Duff, Architect

William Duff portrait Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

It’s been awhile since we’ve used our blog to recognize the amazing work of top architects and interior designers in the Bay Area – and William Duff Architects warrants a revival of the series! William Duff has built a unique company with residential, commercial and retail divisions that cover everything from single and multifamily residences to office spaces to flagship retail stores. We have admired Duff’s work for years and jumped at the chance to pick his brain about running a multifaceted design firm, why he promotes reclaimed materials and what he’s looking forward to next in Bay Area architecture. Keep reading for the full Q&A!

 

WDA  Jacobsen I deck Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

Jeff King: Congrats on celebrating your 15 year anniversary in 2013! What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about running the creative side of a design house?

William Duff: Thanks! Over the years, I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned is to set a strong design vision at the beginning of a project and then provide my team with the freedom and space to use their substantial talents to execute that design.

 

And what is the most crucial thing you’ve learned about running the business side of an architecture firm?

Hands down the best way to run a project, and a business, is to keep expectations ahead of deliverables. After architecture school, I got a master’s degree in construction management, where I learned the fundamentals of planning and how they can make or break a project. We plan thoroughly, making sure we clearly understand the client’s expectations around schedule, budget, and design objectives. Then, we work hard to clearly communicate these expectations throughout the project process to ensure our team and our clients are always on the same page.

 

WDA Wheeler dining room Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

Your business structure stands out from other architects as you have both residential and commercial divisions with studio heads for each. What is your vision for William Duff Architects over the next few years?

We actually have three divisions: residential, retail, and commercial. Jim Westover runs our residential studio and Deborah Sylva runs our retail and commercial studios. We plan to grow all three studios and will ultimately have separate leaders for each. The separate studios allow us to provide a more focused and specialized service to our clients in each practice area, while giving us a diversity of knowledge and experience that the whole firm can draw on.

 

WDA Wheeler bedroom fireplace Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

In 2014, what design challenges are you most excited about tackling? Have any of your recent projects stretched your creativity and skill set to fit new client needs, unusual materials etc.?

I’m excited about projects we have lined up for 2014. They will draw on a wide range of our talents and allow us to explore some contexts that are new for WDA. They include an adaptive reuse project on the San Francisco waterfront, a creative rehab of an historic Alamo Square home, and two distinct properties in the amazing landscape of the wine country.

One particularly exciting recent project is a multipurpose gathering space we created for a collector of contemporary art. In developing the design, we experimented with the different properties of glass, pushing the boundaries of transparency, reflectivity, view, and light. The final design ended up being so pure and the detailing so exquisite that the finished structure will read equally as architecture and fine art.    

 

WDA FK kitchen stairs Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

We notice you’ve been working with a lot of reclaimed materials lately. Why do you feel that it’s important to incorporate reclaimed materials in your designs?

First and foremost, using reclaimed materials reduces a project’s carbon footprint, which taps into one of WDA’s core principles–sustainability. Beyond that, we’ve found many unique and beautiful reclaimed materials that add warmth and richness to our designs, and some are even imbued with connections to California’s land and history, providing a great backstory for a project’s narrative.

 

Who or what tends to drive the decision around reclaimed materials – homeowners, aesthetics, or environmental causes?

Often it’s all three. Aesthetics always plays a part, as does a commitment to sustainability. Budget sometimes determines whether or not we incorporate reclaimed materials into a project, as some of these materials are more expensive. But whenever there’s a cost-neutral reclaimed solution available that works with the project criteria, we’ll always recommend it first.

 

WDA Atherton kitchen Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

In the heart of winter (albeit a record-hot and dry one), what advice are you giving clients for protecting their home against the elements? What is the one thing that homeowners need to know about weatherizing in the Northern California climate?

A homeowner will see the biggest improvement in house efficiency by making it as airtight as possible. Seemingly small design moves–replacing seals around doors and windows, carefully detailing the intersection of materials–make a huge difference in home performance. Two resources where people can learn more about ways to improve energy efficiency are Passive House Institute US and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

 

Do you have any favorite best practices for helping your clients build a home that is both sustainable and comfortable?

In our first meetings with new clients, we discuss our belief that sustainability, comfort, and great design aren’t mutually exclusive, and that considering all three leads to a better end result. As the design progresses, we educate clients about sustainable options, such as radiant flooring, super insulation, and LED lighting, that offer a high degree of long-term value and comfort.

 

WDA Atherton library Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

We know you sit on the board at di Rosa and Young Audiences Northern California. What does it mean to you to give back to the community and how has it enhanced your company culture?

I’m glad you noticed that, and thanks for recognizing these organizations. They both play an important role in supporting artists and strengthening the connection between art and the community. As architects, we can trace the paths of our careers back to an early passion for art and design. I believe my involvement with the di Rosa and Young Audiences of Northern California has enriched our entire firm: the WDA team has a deeper connection with the local arts community and we spend time on creative activities outside of our typical architectural work.

 

Tell us about a design idea that you haven’t had the chance to execute yet. Is there an ideal concept, style or project that you’re dying to work on?

That’s a tough question–there are a million ideas I’d love the chance to design and build! If I had to choose one specific project, I’d pick a home on the Northern California coastline. My thesis in architecture school was about the development of a site in Big Sur, in which I incorporated the views, light, fog, and local materials into the design. In many ways, that early project became a part of my voice and vision as a designer, and it would be amazing, after my many years of experience, to once again work with a plot of land that meets the sea.

 

WDA Wheeler bathroom Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

What do you see coming in the design world in 2014?

In 2014, designers will continue the trend of creating smaller spaces that are appropriately scaled to fit the ways their clients actually live in them. In particular, one part of the home that’s beginning to evolve is the office. As traditional lines between home and work become more intertwined, I see the home office becoming similarly integrated into the rest of the house. As far as materials, I believe, and hope, that we’re moving from cold, monochromatic palettes towards richer, warmer ones.

 

WDA FK exterior Q&A: William Duff, Architect

 

What is your best advice for a homeowner about to embark on a big project? Do you find yourself telling clients the same thing – an idea or thought that is specific to your approach?

I give potential WDA clients this advice, and those who stick to it invariably have the best experience: Spend time to find the right people for your project, and once you’ve found them, trust them to do their jobs. Also, never forget that you’re in charge. This is your home and once it’s built, you’ll be the ones who live here.

Thanks for the great conversation William!

To see more of the firm’s innovative Bay Area architecture, click through to William Duff Architects.

HGTV Chooses Us for Bright, Bold & Colorful Kitchens

HGTV Colorful Kitchens HGTV Chooses Us for Bright, Bold & Colorful Kitchens

 

Bright colors are back! In contrast to the recent trend of all-white and natural wood kitchens, it looks like brightly colored kitchens are all the rage. In fact HGTV dedicated a whole slideshow this week to kitchens in various shades of blue, red, green and yellow. Our Dolores Heights kitchen remodel is there to represent the purple team, and we like what HGTV has to say: 

“A slightly paler purple distinguishes this kitchen by Jeff King, designed for homeowners who wanted a happy, colorful space. The kitchen faces south and opens onto a very colorful garden, so the color inside reflects and complements the colors outside. ‘Don’t worry about making design decisions for resale,’ says the homeowner. ‘You will be living in the home and spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so do what truly is enjoyable to your eye.’

Read the story at HGTV and scroll to slide #25 for the “naturally pleasing palette” from our very own San Francisco colorful kitchen. 

 

 

Dwell Features Our San Francisco Master Chef’s Kitchen

Dwell cover Dwell Features Our San Francisco Master Chefs Kitchen

 

Thanks to the editors at Dwell for featuring our Potrero Hill project in the February 2014 print issue!

This kitchen is designed for two master chefs with high aesthetic standards and a love of entertaining. The floor plan is designed for the homeowners to prepare meals in close proximity to their guests, who can gather around the island or relax in the open-plan living area. A coffee station, bread drawer, pull-out pantry and set of professional speed racks are all concealed by high gloss lacquered cabinets. Dwell writes:

“At first glance, the renovated kitchen in a house on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill looks like it belongs in a showroom. But behind the tall white cabinets lies a slew of professional features that allows the residents, two culinary hobbyists, to whip up gourmet meals for large groups of friends.”

Read the full article to find out how Jeff worked with architect Ryan Jang to incorporate top-of-the-line Miele appliances and a hard-pipped espresso machine into this sleek kitchen remodel. Click to expand the images below or head over to Dwell.

 Dwell Kitchen Remodel Dwell Features Our San Francisco Master Chefs Kitchen

Dwell Master Chefs Dwell Features Our San Francisco Master Chefs Kitchen

 

 

Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home Addition

Nothing makes us happier than clients that are excited and engaged in their home remodel. And what could be a greater sign of enthusiasm than blogging about the whole process? Our clients in San Carlos are doing just that. For the past three months, their Tumblr feed has shared weekly updates including change orders, the team (led by project manager Joseph Maligno) and even the weather. And true to nature of a real-life remodel, kids and pups seem to find their way into the picture on occasion.

 

1 Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home Addition

 

About the Project

This whole house remodel, designed by Steve Swearengen with Jeff King & Company, involves such dramatic changes that it might as well be a new structure altogether. This can be accredited to 1,100 square feet added between the brand new second story and an entirely reconfigured first story for the family’s changing needs. Son and daughter will now have the entire upstairs to themselves with dual bedrooms, a playroom and a bathroom with his and her vanities. They will also enjoy a new mudroom on the ground level for housing shoes, jackets and toys.

 

2 Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home AdditionBefore

 

3 Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home AdditionAfter

 

When the parents want privacy, they can retreat to their new master suite added to the back of the house. This master bedroom overlooks the deck and is tucked next to a home office (complete with a built-in desk) that also doubles as a spare bedroom for guests.

 

 

4 Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home AdditionKitchen design by Steve Swearengen with Jeff King & Company

 

One of the most striking qualities of the new layout is the openness that one feels when walking in the front door. The living room, dining room and spacious chef’s kitchen have a direct connection to the backyard so that it feels like the outdoors is coming in. An eat-in nook will bring the family together at the center of the home while leading straight to the new exterior deck. And best of all, the husband’s love of cooking will be indulged with an outdoor kitchen (including sink and grill) for family dinners and entertaining.

 

 Before & After Drawings

Jeff King Company addition Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home Addition

 

Read a first-hand account of what it’s like to remodel your home with Jeff King & Company here!

 

5 Clients Blog Their Way through Major Home AdditionJoshua Matlock with Site Supervisor Brian Knox

See Us in the Latest Issue of Sunset Magazine!

Our 5th Avenue remodel is featured in the December issue of Sunset Magazine! Thanks to Jess Chamberlain for a beautiful write up highlighting everything from the home’s infrastructure upgrades and rainwater collection system to its expanded layout and cabinetry details.

“By industry definition, Jeff King is a contractor specializing in sustainable building, but he’ll be the first to warn you against the G-word. ‘Green has become so overused a lot of people don’t take it seriously,’ says King, who became a certified green builder in 2004. So he reframed the conversation, telling his clients about the health benefits of cleaner air from zero-VOC paints, the dollars saved by radiant-heat flooring, and the durability of Caesarstone coutnertops-all choices that happen to be environmentally friendly.”

Grab Sunset’s December issue or read the online version here: “16 Smart Ideas for a Green Remodel.”

Sunset cover See Us in the Latest Issue of Sunset Magazine!

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Remodelista Calls on Jeff King as Radiant Floor Heating Expert

Radiant Heating Diagram Sustainability Workshop Remodelistajpg Remodelista Calls on Jeff King as Radiant Floor Heating ExpertImage via Sustainability Workshop

 

In its new article, “Remodeling 101: Five Things to Know About Radiant Floor Heating,” Remodelista calls on Jeff’s expertise to break down the nuts and bolts of radiant floor heating. Christina Chang Hanway highlights the pros of under floor heating:

“Not only does radiant floor heating keep your toes warm, but it ensures that the rest of your body will be kept at a comfortable temperature as well. Waves of infrared radiation rising from the floor warm up the building mass, insuring that heat isn’t lost to surrounding surfaces. In a conventional forced-air heating system, heated air (along with dust and allergens) rises to the ceiling and drops back down as its temperature lowers, making it difficult to keep your toes warm even if everything above your shoulders is boiling. ‘We experience pure warmth with radiant floor heating. As we heat up from our feet, we stay warmer at a lower temperature,’ says contractor Jeff King. Delivering heat and comfort efficiently, what’s not to love?”

Remodelista also references our own article on the subject, Radiant Floor Heating: Electric vs. Hydronic.

Read the full story at Remodelista!

 

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