Out with the old and in with the new. The owner of an Edwardian flat (with a poorly-executed 80’s-era remodel) in the Mission wanted something completely different. His modern aesthetic leaned towards clean lines, open spaces and a dramatic black and white color palette. Practical concerns included the addition of a second bathroom and a clear delineation between private and public space. Gamble + Design provided a one-stop solution for both interior design and interior architecture services.
To allow the client to reside in the flat during the renovation, work was completed in two distinct phases.
PHASE I: Transformed the standard, street-facing Edwardian living room into a master suite. A master bath was placed towards the interior to address privacy concerns. A clear story window hides neighboring buildings while allowing natural light into the space. A built in closet supplies functionality without sacrificing space. All of the ornate details were removed and a clean interior with pocket doors stretching from floor to a raised ceiling applied in their place – and then extended throughout the entire flat.
PHASE II: Upon completion of phase I, almost every single wall in the rest of the flat came down bringing the total walls in the space from 10 down to 3. The large open plan incorporates a spacious living room area flowing into the open kitchen design with island.
Abstaining from incorporating traditional upper cabinets increases the feeling of openness in the kitchen. Two tall “bookend” cabinets replace the missing storage space while defining the kitchen area from the rest of the floor plan.
The striking structural changes are more than matched by the creative modern design. Thin threads of red, blue and grey subtly accent the stark black and white in subtle (red handles on the kitchen faucet, or a cord on a light fixture) and not so subtle (bright red entry bannister) ways.
Gamble + DESIGN along with Stingray Construction integrated a few clever nods to the original Edwardian design particularly in the guest bath including a play on traditional hexagonal floor tile exploded into a larger more modern take on it and a classic claw-foot tub painted black. The final result captures the modern sensibility of the client while paying homage to the original structure.
To create a more intimate sensibility for the den, the ceiling is lowered and painted black. The room is separated from the common space by 10 foot tall floor-to-ceiling barn doors. A hidden media cabinet provides all the amenities while keeping unattractive cords out of sight.