The Beaver Street Reprise in San Francisco, California, was designed by Craig Steely Architecture. Although the 1,500-square-foot house is contemporary in design and style, it is situated in a Victorian neighborhood. The apartment, office, split-level living area, and kitchen open onto a 500-square-foot deck with a sod roof composed of California native grasses are all on the upper level.
You enter the apartment from the street through an acrylic and walnut scrap door produced by a local cabinet business. This door is custom-crafted. These acrylic strips glow in the dark. When you’re in the house, the hallway is illuminated by natural light in the daytime. There is a lobby on the first floor of the flat with etched glass sliding doors leading to the office. On this floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. As you ascend the west wall, you’ll come upon a skylit stairwell that leads into the living area.
The emphasis is on the interplay between indoor and outdoor living on the living floor. A substantial portion of the south-facing deck is covered by a roof, creating an outdoor living space safe from the elements. In the yard, there is an outdoor, revolving fire pit. When the glass wall is slid open, the fireplace may be turned to face the inside, blurring the line between inside and outside even more. In addition to a 2 KW photovoltaic net metering system that generates more electricity than the apartment can use, the house is heated by radiant heat from the floors and walls. Via
Photos: Rien Van Rijthoven