San Francisco Residential Architect with a focus on San Francisco and work throughout the Bay Area.

As a San Francisco Residential Architect I have over 33 years of experience. Among the hundreds of successful residential projects completed are large third story additions in San Francisco; Modern Hillside Homes in San Carlos, Sonoma, and Oakland; and Entire Home remodels in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

Over the decades enthusiastic clients have posted on Yelp and Houzz.

Many of my award winning projects have been published in Dwell magazine, Rethinking the Future, Plane Architecture, and countless National and International magazines.

Unique among Architects I have actually built what I have designed from the ground up.  In 2000 I completed building my first custom hillside home in the Oakland Hills.  In 2017 I completed my second custom hillside home in the Oakland Hills.

My approach to Residential Architecture focuses on each client. Their dreams and sensibilities transformed into reality.  This is a practical, step by step approach driven by the desire to interact, create and imagine.  I bring to each project my 33 years of experience as an Architect. Included in this experience is   building 2 challenging hillside homes from the ground up and 3 decades of dealing with the Planning and Building Departments in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.  I take on the challenge of each project to create exciting, creative design solutions that work and can be built on budget.

The proven process that I have developed over 3 decades includes the first step of the initial spark between Client and Architect. Then developing this into several different design ideas and approaches. During the design phase of each project I invite a qualified Contractor that has been vetted and has worked on my past projects to develop a working budget based on the chosen design. As a result the project moves forward to the permitting and final bidding. During construction I review the highly detailed Construction Documents with the chosen Contractor and Owners present. The results are Bold, Creative works of Architecture tailored to each client’s Dreams and Lifestyle.

San Francisco Project Recently Completed:

An Entire House 2,551 square foot Remodel and 250 square foot Ground Floor Addition. The project is in the Protrero Hill District of San Francisco. A challenging existing Main Floor is transformed by introducing a large Serpentine Kitchen Island. As a result the island is now the main focus as you enter. The New Kitchen Island integrates the open Dining, Living Area. Panoramic views of the San Francisco Skyline are captured. Unique to San Francisco Residential Architecture is the challenge to provide ample light. This is due to the zero lot lines and long, narrow floor plans. The design features for instance many skylights, large window walls and transoms to allow for southern light.

San Francisco Project Under Construction:

A 2 Residence, 3 story Complete Remodel. A 3,773 square foot down to the studs Remodel in Presidio Terrace neighborhood of San Francisco. The main design concept in both homes is to maintain a Transitional feel while providing Bold, New Design.

Featured in both Designs is moving the Kitchen. As a result more light enters the home from the 2 large Window Bays facing the street. Another result is how you enter the Home. Instead of ascending the Entry Stair to be greeted by a solid wall, you are now greeted with a more Open, Light-filled Main Space.

As a San Francisco Residential Architect a significant challenge is the narrow width of most Homes.
This can result in costly Engineering solutions. Both Homes feature a more open Floor Plan while retaining critical existing walls. Therefore the Structural Engineer was able to use and strengthen the existing structure. There was no need to introduce costly structural panels. The Architectural Design did not result in a major Seismic upgrade. We were able to localize the structural work to the areas of Remodel.

You can find the Client’s most recent recommendation on Houzz: Client Review

Sonoma Project Nearing Completion:

A Modern, 2,300 square foot 3 story New Home from the ground up. The Custom Home is on a steep and challenging hill side property. Features include a large, open Main Living Area with expansive window walls. As a result of careful use of the existing site you can walk directly onto a landscaped garden. A glass tower main Staircase, a viewing level with Study and expansive roof deck are also featured.

Above all the unique Floor Plan and Design is strategically place on the site to maximize expansive views of Sonoma Valley, while making use of the existing steep slope. Because of this, The main Pavilion is slightly angled from the Bedroom wing. The main Living Pavilion features a 10 foot window wall. The Bedroom wing is situated to maximize use of the steep slope of the site. As a result of careful design and planning, there were no costly retaining walls.

Integrated are many energy saving and green building materials. As a result the new home is entirely electric with solar panels.

The design can be viewed at Modern Sonoma Hillside Home

You can find the Client’s recent recommendation on Houzz: Client Review

Mission District Rear Yard Addition Project Under Construction:

A 2,000 square foot Ground and Main Floor Entire Remodel and 550 square foot Rear Yard Addition. The 4 story Victorian Home is in the Mission District. The project includes a new Ground Floor foundation, excavating down 4 feet. Added is a Guest Bedroom Suite, and a large Family Kitchen. Completely Remodeled are the existing Living, Dining and Entry. Three levels of Patios, Decks and Balconies are a feature of the design. A challenge to address as a San Francisco Residential Architect can be the permitting process. Having thorough knowledge of the Building Codes and San Francisco Amendments are key. We are Anticipating a completion date of August 2023.