“The biggest compliment we get is how open everything feels, which is exactly what our goal was. We kept adding to the scope, throwing curve-balls to Abacus, but the deadline—the delivery of our first child—could not be pushed back! The Abacus team empathized completely, and they pulled it off.”
- San Francisco, California
- OXB Studio Architects
- de la Cruz Interior Design
- BKG Structural Engineers
The couple had lived in their Edwardian-style row house for two years before we started a whole house remodel. The homeowners’ vision was to open up the kitchen to both the living and dining rooms, to create a unified space for cooking, entertaining, and hanging out with friends and family. Achieving that openness required clever structural engineering inside a building that is both tall and narrow.
We replaced walls and support columns with steel beams (which arrived via crane through a window). We also relocated all the original wiring and plumbing that had been inside those walls. The new “great space” feels open yet gracious, with maximal design features to keep everything streamlined yet visually rich.
Up-upstairs, new closets perfectly organized the couple’s wardrobes and accessories, including electronics. The master bedroom was transformed into a luxurious retreat, and the master bath became an oasis of tranquillity.