David Locicero | architect
Started in 2015
1700 square feet
The Problem: A typical San Francisco house with the main living area over a full floor garage. The back of the garage had been converted to living space at some point without permits. The owners wanted to convert the lower level to a master suite with permits. The existing connection between the main level and the garage level was by a narrow, twisting stair that does not meet code. In addition the wall separating the existing stair from the property line had large windows, which is not permitted by code.
The Clients: A busy professional couple with an active son.
The Solution: The ceiling height at the lower level was too low. We would have to excavate down about a foot to make the ceilings code compliant. The existing stair connecting the levels was to be replaced with a legal stair. This would require moving the laundry upstairs. The stair landing became a critical place for the family accommodating the family computer.
The Results: Preliminary pricing came in too high to build the project. The clients eventually decided not to remodel.by