Stunning open concept home renovation in San Francisco with floor-to-ceiling views of the Bay and a beautiful backyard garden.
Welcome to our gallery featuring this hillside home with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.
Based in San Francisco, TGH Architects is renowned for their sustainable and site-sustainable designs of homes, wineries, churches, libraries, and independent schools. They also provide campus planning, adaptive re-use, and historic renovation services.
The Sausalito Hillside home renovation began as a two-unit 1940s ranch-style building, but was transformed into a private single-family home with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. The majority of the main living space is on the second floor, including the living room, kitchen, dining room, library, and the primary suite.
The home is perched at the top of a steep hill, which makes it nearly invisible from the street. The former front yard was changed into a private garden, and the new front entry is marked by a cascading series of garden terraces along the North side.
The home has spacious rooms with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the home to flow from the lush green landscape visible from the rear of the home to the panoramas of the bay visible from the front of the home.
We hope you’ll enjoy this luxurious home that’s all about the view as much as we do!
Photographs by Matthew Millman.
A narrow wooden staircase leads up to the second floor, which contains the main living areas and has the best views. The upside-down home design is best utilized in places with fantastic views, and this home certainly qualifies. Sliding glass doors lead out into the private garden.
The staircase opens up into the dining room, kitchen, and living room. The open concept really allows visitors to move from the lush backyard to viewing the bay. The light natural wood floors are mirrored in the dining room and in the top of the eat-in bar at the kitchen island. Above the dining table is a unique light fixture.
The white cabinets of the kitchen have chrome handles that complement the stainless steel appliances and other fixtures. The two-tier kitchen island is granite and wood. A beautiful view of Angel Island is prominent while working in the kitchen.
From the other side of the room, the lush private garden is visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The steep hill allows the second floor to have both easy backyard access and gorgeous views. The bar stools at the kitchen island are simple in design, with a cushy square pad to sit on.
The backyard patio wraps around the side of the house to one of the garden terraces and another fantastic view. The roof of the home next door is visible.
A flagstone path leads from the glass doors in the dining room to the large french doors leading from the garden to the library.
Even from all the way in the back garden, you can see through the home to the bay. Recessed lighting under the eaves provide lighting for the backyard path.
The library is warm and cozy, with plenty of seating options. The color palette is less neutral than that of the main living area, with reds and oranges in the rug and ottoman.
The L-shaped bookcases take up two of the three walls of the room and provide storage for hundreds of books. A modern floor lamp can be re-arranged for as much or as little light is desired.
From the library, the living room is just a short few steps down the hallway. The plush sectional looks directly out of the floor-to-ceiling windows towards the bay, with no other distracting focal points, like a television.
The view across the bay at nighttime is breathtaking. A simple wooden coffee table rests on the cream rug that covers the natural wood floor.
Another short hallway leads to the primary bedroom, which has a balcony. Even from this angle, the home has a beautiful view of the water and of the surrounding hillside.
Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly meld into the glass doors that lead out onto the balcony. The primary bedroom continues the light, neutral color palette with white walls and white textured bedding.
The spacious primary bathroom has natural wood vanities with dual sinks and chrome fixtures. The stand-alone soaking tub is deep, perfect for relaxing. A skylight above the tub allows the sunshine to filter down and warm the room. From the bathroom, we get a view of the light blue area rug that adds a bit of color to the mostly white and wood bedroom.
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