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San Francisco Modern

California
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Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Senior Project Manager: Clark Sather
Architectural Staff: Kevin Casey, Sara Hidano-Cardinelli, Lauren Winn, Afra Farry, Charles Gurrey
Interior Staging: Meridith Baer Home
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Design Line Construction
Photography: Matthew Millman

Founding principal, Brooks Walker had the unique opportunity to design a spec home adjacent to his family home, which had been renovated years earlier. The first step was to hire his own firm, Walker Warner Architects, where he would need to meet the challenge of being both the client and the architect. The vision was to create a unified composition between the two buildings from the street view while allowing for distinctive detailing to add character. The house was designed to meet the needs of either an elderly couple or a young family with a few children. Ultimately, the house appeals to people that appreciate modern architecture with simple geometries. The open floor plan on the main level offers easy flow between spaces while leveraging the central stair for visual separation between formal and family living areas. The large operable skylight in the central stairway pulls light deep down into the lower level where a generous sunken garden offers the perfect area for entertainment and play.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Senior Project Manager: Clark Sather
Architectural Staff: Kevin Casey, Sara Hidano-Cardinelli, Lauren Winn, Afra Farry, Charles Gurrey
Interior Staging: Meridith Baer Home
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Design Line Construction
Photography: Matthew Millman

Founding principal, Brooks Walker had the unique opportunity to design a spec home adjacent to his family home, which had been renovated years earlier. The first step was to hire his own firm, Walker Warner Architects, where he would need to meet the challenge of being both the client and the architect. The vision was to create a unified composition between the two buildings from the street view while allowing for distinctive detailing to add character. The house was designed to meet the needs of either an elderly couple or a young family with a few children. Ultimately, the house appeals to people that appreciate modern architecture with simple geometries. The open floor plan on the main level offers easy flow between spaces while leveraging the central stair for visual separation between formal and family living areas. The large operable skylight in the central stairway pulls light deep down into the lower level where a generous sunken garden offers the perfect area for entertainment and play.

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“We experimented in a couple of rooms in our house and loved the honey-gray, rift-sawn oak so much, it became one of the themes next door. It’s a beautiful house. We could have moved in there.”
- Brooks Walker, Principal, WWA
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