While this 1907 home might look similar to its Victorian neighbors, just wait until you see inside.

A quaint sun-deck becomes a hidden surprise off the master bedroom.

After being tapped by a young, growing family to transform an existing attic into a more accessible, functional space, San Francisco–based Mork-Ulnes Architects went above and beyond exceptions. The result is a two-story volume carved in the center of the home that connects the existing living areas to daylight-filled attic spaces above. This modern intervention now provides an open feel to what once was a fairly fragmented home. 

This dark-blue 1907 home appears to be typical of the Victorian character that was evident in early 1900's residential architecture. Unbeknownst from the outside are the bright, light-filled interiors and modern interventions.

This dark-blue 1907 home appears to be typical of the Victorian character that was evident in early 1900’s residential architecture. Unbeknownst from the outside are the bright, light-filled interiors and modern interventions.

Photo: Bruce Damonte

The new gabled attic floor plan is arranged in a linear fashion, with two bedrooms divided by a series of partition walls. The open stairwell separates the master bedroom, closet, and bath from a second bedroom.  

Located at the center of the home, the new two-level atrium connects the existing living areas to the attic spaces above.

Located at the center of the home, the new two-level atrium connects the existing living areas to the attic spaces above.

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Douglas fir wooden slats follow the slope of the stairs and continuously wrap around as a guardrail, drawing the eye up and around.

Douglas fir wooden slats follow the slope of the stairs and continuously wrap around as a guardrail, drawing the eye up and around.

Photo: Bruce Damonte

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Two-Story Atrium Revamps This San Francisco Victorian Into an Airy, Modern Home

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