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January 19, 2016
The notoriously steep hills of San Francisco and the surrounding area are no match for these modern homes.

Rather than resist the natural slope of this Buena Vista Heights backyard, landscape architect Eric Blasen composed a well-considered, minimal, multiterraced space. Accent details, like the flat handrail and stone stairs, mirror those repeated both inside the home and out front, respectively; Blasen worked directly with architect Tim Gemmill to ensure a cohesive feel between the spaces.

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Originally appeared in Good Clean Fun
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Modern renovation in San Francisco with street facade

By the time George Bradley, an architect, and Eddie Baba, an attorney, found their house in the peaceful Corona Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, its original charm had long waned. After decades of renovations, the place had become a pink stucco box with pseudo-Brutalist gestures in the form of cantilevered bays punched randomly through the facade. It was a house only an architect could love, but it’s situated on a sloping corner lot between two parks, possessing two of the most valuable amenities in the city: views and parking.

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Originally appeared in A Home with Eclectic Style Looks Just Right
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modern landscaping terrace pie deck reflecting pool granite patio

Architect Mary Barensfeld's first big project—a steeply sloping rear garden for a young family in the Berkeley Hills—is an outdoor room for quiet contemplation that echoes Le Corbusier’s oft-quoted dictum, “The outside is always an inside.” 

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Originally appeared in An Architect Sculpts Out a Tadao Ando-Inspired Backyard
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Modern wood and glass house in San Francisco

Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer found just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.

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Originally appeared in Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
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The third-story addition to Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco’s San Francisco home blends seamlessly in both height and scale, giving the couple 500 square feet of extra space without disturbing the surrounding context.

The third-story addition to Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco’s San Francisco home blends seamlessly in both height and scale, giving the couple 500 square feet of extra space without disturbing the surrounding context.

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Originally appeared in Top Notch
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chaiken hamilton backyard

Rather than resist the natural slope of this Buena Vista Heights backyard, landscape architect Eric Blasen composed a well-considered, minimal, multiterraced space. Accent details, like the flat handrail and stone stairs, mirror those repeated both inside the home and out front, respectively; Blasen worked directly with architect Tim Gemmill to ensure a cohesive feel between the spaces.

Photo by Marion Brenner.

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