Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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nown for its beauty and its tech-fueled economy, San Francisco tops the nation in property-value growth. But those high values don't always translate to well-main- tained dwellings. As with homes in any older major city, the opposite is often true. Case in point was a 1,500-sq.-ft. hillside row house, one of six standing side by side, unchanged since being built in 1960. Te owners (an empty-nester couple) hired architect Phil Rossington to remodel the exterior and to update several interior spaces. Te resulting transformation is bold and complete. Where once an aged and unadorned "builder box" faced silently forward, a rich fa├žade now embraces 270 degrees of its corner location, with views of the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland Hills beyond. "My goal was to take advantage of the view," says Rossington, who operates his practice out of nearby Sausalito. "We have these six identical boxes, and this is a corner building with an empty lot next to it. And that corner is where we put the abutted glazing with views to the bay and to the Oakland Hills. Tey just were not taking advantage of that view the way that the house was situated. We gave it a $64,000 view, or a $1 million view in this case." A BAY SOLUTION Much of the exterior of the building was in need of atten- tion. A seldom-used deck ran the width of the second-foor exterior. Te stairs on the side of the house were uneven. A wooden awning over the door was in disrepair. An old garage door was a colorless monolith. Rossington's solution was to begin by changing overall massing of the structure. Creating an End-Cap A 55-year-old "builder box" gets a bold functional face-lift By Patrick L. O'Toole K Before 26 February 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Master Design Solutions

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