Even though the owners of a Tudor-style home in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood aren’t particularly Tudor-style people, they forgave the house’s traditional British exterior and what they call its “confused” interior because of a prized location near the famed Gold Coast (also known as the preferred stomping grounds for head honchos of the tech industry). The new kids on the block—she’s a dentist, he’s an investment banker, and they’re both dyed-in-the-wool minimalists—resorted to extreme measures to transform their fussy domain into an archetype of elegant simplicity.
After admiring the interiors of a nearby home—a stunning and stark composition byNicole Hollis—the homeowners hired the local designer, along with Matthew Mosey of SF-based Dumican Mosey Architects, to create a clean slate in the towering four-story dwelling. The monumental rehab spanned two years and gutted the interior to do away with what Hollis calls the home’s “contemporary nonsense”: Misguided remodels dating from the 1980s and ’90s yielded clashing staircases, low door clearances and small window openings, leaving the 6,000-square-foot home with a disorienting flow and a severe natural light deficiency. (A steeply sloped backyard and the grandiose, sun-eclipsing manses looming above the house didn’t help matters.) Pictured: The dining room’s gallery-like setting intensifies the aerodynamic form of David Weeks’ Sarus chandelier No. 428, and brings more definition to the black and white photographs on the mantel.
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