Dramatic Remodel of an SF Mid-Century Model Home

In the Fall on 2017 two adventurous buyers were searching in San Francisco for the perfect house to renovate. Kase and Amy didn’t have to look long to find their dream “diamond in the rough”! As their real estate agent, I love to tell the story of how I thought the property they chose had (almost) zero potential while both Kase and Amy were head over heels! A mid-century modern home in a great Diamond Heights location was just screaming for some help. While the home had been lovingly maintained for many years by the same family, over time the upkeep had become too much and it fell into disrepair. It is imperative to have vision to see past the warts of this kind of property, and Kase and Amy have vision in spades! With careers in architecture and marketing these two were ahead of the game, but still…this one was a leap in faith!

[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””][/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]The exterior received a much-needed face lift that brought life and character back to this home. The materials and colors were meticulously chosen and the final product is stunning! The original cement brick wall remained and the front door was painted a bright and welcoming color of yellow. [/su_column][/su_row]


The kitchen is now a chef’s dream complete with all the top of line appliances expected in only the best remodels. Removing a wall allowed for the open concept that is complemented by a massive (and gorgeous!) marble island with plenty of seating and gathering opportunities.

The kitchen and dining room “before” left something to be admired. There was a wall in between the kitchen and dining that was removed to allow for open concept living.

The en-suite Master Bathroom maintained the double sinks and was updated to a more “spa-like” theme.

The master bedroom includes a sliding glass door that leads directly to the backyard.

One of the best upgrades to this home is the center un-covered patio. When we toured the home the dry rot on the patio was so bad we couldn’t step out. Now…it’s a focal point for gathering and el- fresco dining!

For me the best part of the story is the backyard. We could see about 4-5 feet of a dilapidated wood deck (we couldn’t step out; the wood was falling apart) and then all you could see was a wall of jungle! It was anyone’s guess what was behind all that greenery! We knew the lot line went up the hill a bit, but one of the best discoveries was the useable backyard space. Rebuilding the back deck off the slider door, terracing up the hill, adding a path (up, up, and up) and landing on a bit of flat land…a gorgeous vista was discovered near the top of the property line! Currently the space is being used for a trampoline and there is even more vine covered ground to possibly reclaim (perfect for a couple of adirondack chairs paired with a nice bottle of wine!).

While the original hall full bathroom did have a cool salmon pink color theme going, the renovation updated this bathroom to a more modern look and feel.

Just for fun and a little pizzaz, the owners had this super- fun mural painted in the garage. The extra storage and play area comes in handy with 3 little boys!

While this renovation was on a grand scale to say the least, this property has additional room to expand! With some excavation, one could conceivably add a great room or a guestroom on the same level as the two-car garage, adding even more living space to this already comfortably sized home. But let’s save those plans for another day….