Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

by , 07/30/11

Xiao-Yen House, Craig Steely Architecture, San Francisco, victorian renovation, green renovation, solar power, green roof

Built in the 1880’s the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized and badly executed DIY projects. Although Steely recommended to his clients that it would be far cheaper to tear the home down and start from scratch, the couple insisted on a renovation to retain the integrity of history. So, they all set out to design the best possible house they could with the given conditions.

Besides remodeling the interior and getting rid of the mess and the dry rot, the home had to be upgraded for seismic conditions. The solution for this was to built a steel exoskeleton around the house to shore up the structure. This addition is mostly what gives the home it’s modern aesthetic coupled with larger windows. Redwood paneling from inside the home was reclaimed by the homeowner and painstakingly refinished for use as cladding on the exterior. You can see this as the white boards compared to the bright neon green part, which is the original Victorian facade.

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