We recently completed a renovation of a traditional 1950s house on the Peninsula. It had been added onto in pieces, and had a broken up layout from different families trying to make it their own over the years. This floor plan had all the typical spaces but their arrangement made for awkward living. The “L” shaped kitchen was cramped, the dining room was land locked an the living room was.
The Victorian houses in San Francisco are typified by wonderful gracious tall ceilings but cozy small individual rooms with a lot of circulation. Lots are only 25 feet wide and a comfortable sized room could easily take up that width, but in Victorian times, the rooms were connected by hallways which made the living spaces even narrower. In addition, kitchens were service areas and they were intentionally separated out from.
We here at HWA draw much inspiration from the architecture of the Scandinavian region and American modernism. For that matter, we are all about San Francisco Bay area regional modernism of the mid-20th century cross pollinated with Scandinavian architects and designers in the years following World War 2. We made a visit to Scandinavia not long ago and gathered the following inspirational images: Eliel Saarinen 1-Hvittrask, 1902: This communal living.
And these are the before pictures:
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