1960 Golden Gate Avenue

When our clients for this project first came to us, they were pregnant with their first child. The house was only 1 story, and only had 1 bedroom, so they urgently needed more space and wanted to add a new story to their home. Unfortunately, in San Francisco, an addition of any kind, especially a vertical addition like that, takes 2-5 years just to go through the permitting process.

To solve their immediate problem, we got creative, dividing this project into 2 pieces. The first piece included converting the garage and crawl space below into a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom space and creating a more open concept living space on the ground floor. Because it was all within the building envelope, we were able to get this approved over-the counter, and they could start work right away. And because we kept their current kitchen and main floor bathroom intact, we were able to keep the costs down.

To be sure our designs for Phase 1 wouldn’t rule out any future options for a Phase 2 vertical addition, we provided designs for the entire project and engineered all the new basement work in anticipation of the future third story.

The project turned out beautifully and we are now finalizing permits for the new third story.