Going upwards with gambrel roofs.
The only way to gain a master bedroom in this San Francisco row house
was to go up. But owners Susan Leibel and Howard Finkle didn't
want to lose the gambrel roof that gave their home its Dutch Colonial
character. To maintain the style and sense of proportion, architect
Anthony Cutri of Sol Arc added a gambrel-roofed third floor at the back
and made it look like part of the original.
Supporting the third floor required reinforcing the foundation,
then installing two steel posts and a steel beam to span the middle of
the house. The new 18- by 22-1/2-foot space is full of light, thanks to
sliding glass doors, clerestory windows, and an open ceiling rising to
the roof peak. Exposed ceiling joists (doubled 2-by-10s) and king posts
emphasize the height. A bathroom and closet fit under the eaves.