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Multi-Level Hillside with Verve
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California Bungalow
  San Francisco
Victorian Railroad Flat
  Telegraph Hill / New Construction

Multi-Level Hillside with Verve

Most suburban area housing stock is built by contractors and they usually don’t put good design or quality on the top of their priority list. This was the dilemma facing a couple with two small children who moved into a ‘builder’s special’.

One of the most serious problems in these homes is the lack of quality lighting and too much of the wrong kind of lighting. Most of the down lights and track fixtures were removed to make way for more pleasing wall sconces which give softer, diffuse light. Other fixtures were replaced with small, focused halogen fixtures to illuminate art.

The rooms, although open to one another, had their own sets of walls, which worked beautifully together when painted complimentary colors. These colors brought some of the disparate areas in harmony with the rest of the house and gave a light and happy energy. Some places, such as the living room and master bedroom, have more subdued colors and a more sophisticated texture palette, while the kitchen and family room are bright and lively – just like the young boys who spend time there.

This home is an example of how non-structural changes were used to transform a standard home into one with the unique character of the family who lives there.


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