Urban Cottage Renovation


This house was designed for a young couple that wanted to keep the charm and identity of the former cottage on the property, as well as fully respecting the neighbors’ privacy and the environment by not constructing more than what they needed. Like much of San Francisco’s housing stock, the Laidley Street Cottage was becoming out of date. Built to last 100 years, the home was at the end of its useful life with all building systems needing upgrading.


Originally, the home was an existing rear yard cottage. In the redesign, additional square footage was modest and focused on right-sizing property to the site while adding new building systems and daylit design. The Laidley Street Cottage now has a friendly window filled façade, but the fence and gate extend generously to the front yard. The house has been recognized and largely appreciated as it was selected in 2018 to be part of AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours 2018.


The master bedroom has a private rear garden, and the guest bedroom has a balcony, providing yet more indoor-outdoor connections. Outdoor space becomes part of the daily living area of the home. The Laidley Street Cottage’s attainable scale and outdoor oasis help foster a livable city for the next 100 years.


Spatial Design Lead

Project featured on Dwell and Space Magazine.
Honoured with National Home Building Award 1st Place for Remodel and selected for the 2018 San Francisco AIA Living Home Tour

Project developed with Red Dot Studio. Photographies by John Lee and Jake Stangel.