Gainsborough House



Restoration and addition to a 1964 1,980 square foot, Joseph Eichler post & beam home.


The home is located in a neighborhood of notable, mid-century modern Eichler homes developed in the early 60’s in San Francisco’s East Bay.

A series of poorly executed remodels necessitated a complete overhaul to bring the house back to life. Every space was touched, inside and out.

The home’s location on a large corner lot created opportunities for new outdoor amenities that enhanced indoor uses and outdoor views including, a new dining patio off the kitchen, a new pool connected to the living room, new private patios off each bedroom and a shady bocce ball court.

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Interior spaces were re-configured to create a large entertainment kitchen and island connected to open dining and living areas. A dining table anchors the middle of the space, centered under a clerestory which originally built as a central courtyard to bring light deep into the space.

A laundry room and work studio addition provide amenities not prioritized when the home was originally built.

The home’s original features including the mahogany paneling, exposed post & beams, concrete floors, doors & windows, fireplace and exterior siding were restored and updated and original door hardware and light fixtures were reused wherever possible.

New cabinetry in the kitchens and bathrooms is updated for contemporary use. Materials favored by mid-century architects including, plywood, peg-board, plastic laminate and Heath Ceramics tile which is handmade nearby were used to bring warmth and authenticity to the spaces.

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Diagram © ORA, photos © Eric Staudenmaier