Nearly 20 years ago, a San Francisco divorce attorney passed by an unusual sight: builders were attempting to construct a home on a narrow and very steep hillside. The urban lot was typical in its unforgiving dimensions: a mere 25' x 75'. The frames were obstructed by what looked like the oldest tree in San Francisco. And yet, the building was completed and, witnessing this seemingly impossible feat, the lawyer was hooked.
What began as a desire for a new master bath ended with a to-the-stubs-in-every-room rebuild. The only remnants of the original home are the tree and a four story circular staircase that allows one to go from floor to floor while marveling at the majestic oak tree. In a bit of karmic kismet, the owner enlisted the aid of the original contractor to oversee the construction.
The French doors on the bottom level which hosts the main living area (and which is two floors below street level), were removed in favor of glass sliders that were elongated again to capture more tree and light. The maple cabinets and granite countertop were replaced with pedini glass and high lacquer cabinets. Ceasarstone countertops, an oversized onyx backsplash and bertozzoni heritage stove bring retro and modern elements to the mix. An elica hood of stainless steel reads more like a sculpture than cooking accessory. The owner's contemporary pop art collection has been augmented with several pieces by prominent street artists. African masks provide further contrast to the mid-century and modern furniture.
When all was said and done, all the maple flooring was replaced by wide oiled planks of bianco oak. Every window in the four story wall of windows was replaced as was every other window and door in the house. The Every home is now a light filled aerie whose main purpose seems to be to provide a perch from which to admire the ancient oak tree, albeit a hip and ultra glam perch.