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Demolition, then a marriage of old and new.

The Italianate facade and streamlined rear addition of this San Francisco Victorian would seem to have little in common with each other. But scaling the addition's vertical windows and curvilinear bays to the Victorian elements and continuing the original high ceilings throughout helps marry new with old, especially indoors. After living for a year in the unrestored house, homeowners Terry Watt and Mark Karwowski knew their priorities: replace the outdated kitchen and dining room, add a new master suite, and find space for a guest apartment.

ARQ Architects demolished a rickety sunporch and added 1,500 square feet of space on three levels. The master suite occupies the top level, the dining room and kitchen the main floor.

Room for the guest apartment was found partially below grade. To anchor the house and bring it into compliance with earthquake codes, the foundation had to be reinforced. At the same time, it was possible to remove 3 feet of soil to allow for the apartment.
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Date:Jul 1, 1990
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