The Nordquist Residence by John Lum Architecture

Designed by San Francisco-based John Lum Architecture, the Nordquist Residence in Eureka Valley was completely renovated into a modern dream home while retaining the unique Edwardian architectural details of the building.

This 1890s-era, two-family home had a traditional floorplan of clutters of small rooms. The architects began with a total refurbishment of the rotting wooden decks, and carried through the rebuild to knock down existing walls, creating sun-filled great rooms for each of the units, as well as open kitche

The kitchen, as is true with most, is the hub of entertaining and living. A compact area, this exposed cooking area was cleverly redesigned. Charcoal grey cabinets beneath smooth white quartzite countertops and brick tiles anchor the space and blend well with the rest of the home, while high-gloss white cabinetry above creates the illusion of a taller ceiling. The elongated white island holds the deep stainless steel sink and is wrapped in aluminum grating which adds a clean and industrial contrast to the warm wood flooring.

The great room flows off of this space, where an intense, hot-rolled blackened steel fireplace draws the eye. Powder-coated casement style windows along walls and within corners shed abundant light and provide beautiful views of Eureka Valley. Each window opens, allowing for energy-saving ventilation. Striking cedar-wood plank ceilings finished in a matte clear-coat add a warm vibrance to this living area, while the bubble ball pendant in white adds bright interest. The client’s passion for mid-century Scandinavian furnishings pays off–the earthy woods, tweeds and sleek curves add a not-too-serious tone to the room.

A modern workspace is neatly tucked into alcove featuring formal Edwardian details. The free-form, mod wooden desk creates a dynamic interplay between the two vastly different design eras. A nearby bathroom clad in bead board is painted a rich grey with blue ribbon within the top perimeter, matching the ceiling and inducing an airy feel to this otherwise small space which lends a neo-Edwardian style.

Bedrooms are spacious each contributing their own personality to the eclectic contemporary home. Classic paneled pocket doors offer a grand feel while entering the bedroom, while geometrics on the bedding, a red lacquer side table and swing arm lamp contribute a fresh, contemporary look.

The Nordquist Residence by John Lum Architecture portrays how excellence in modern dream home design can prevail when attention to detail is paid and respect for historical style is mastered.

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