Design collective Framestudio have completed the renovation of this mid-century home near San Francisco, designed by architect Henry Hill in a boomerang shape around a pool. The Ridgewood home is located in the Alamo, a suburb 20 miles east of San Francisco, and was completed in 1959 by Bay Area architect Hill. But its history since its completion was “patchy”, including abandonment, renovation and expansion, and had left the house in good order.
The Framestudio renovation was conceived for a couple who were about to become empty nesters. The aim was to preserve existing details where possible, update the house in a style that followed the ethos of its original architect, and meet the needs of the new occupant.
The architects have retained the few original interior features and connected the interior spaces with the natural surroundings. The designers then added more windows to the two wings of the house – the bedrooms in one, the living room, kitchen, dining room and study in the other. A second bedroom received a new glass wall modeled after an existing one in the master bedroom, while the original small windows in the kitchen were merged into one. The cave, which was added to the property in the 1970s but had few openings, has also been updated with large areas of glazing and a new fireplace, referencing the existing brick fireplaces in the house.
Other changes include reconfiguring the layout of the guest and master bedroom bathrooms, a new wine room and the addition of floor to ceiling wood cabinets in the hallways. Hallway ceilings were also lowered to introduce a new air duct system for heating and cooling the bedrooms. All of the original single pane glazing has also been replaced with double glazing. Throughout the home, floors are either covered in light wood planks of large gray tiles, and the walls and wood ceilings are all painted white. Interiors have been updated to follow the style of lesser-known mid-century international designers.