Photography: David Duncan Livingston
This 6,500 square foot home was designed for a family with a rich tradition of multigenerational living. Due to site and zoning limitations, the rear-facing space available for a kitchen was narrow at just 25 feet, so we turned the footprint sideways and annexed space behind the garden setback to add a generously sized breakfast room that looks out on a side terrace. With the kitchen on the second floor, we used folding doors to the two outdoor terraces to connect indoors to out and provide views of the garden, its fireplace and play area. An outdoor cooking area on one terrace, with a Wolf grill and Sub-Zero outdoor fridge, further expanded the space for entertaining and family activities. With the light source limitations typical of San Francisco row houses, we used plentiful windows to funnel sunshine throughout, giving the entire kitchen a bright, airy feel.