A Modern Marvel

Featured in more than 70 films, commercials, and television shows, this Painted Lady Queen Anne Victorian on Postcard Row in San Francisco received a much needed make-over after years of neglect.

Built in 1892, this Painted Lady Queen Anne Victorian at 722 Steiner St. in San Francisco was the first of developer Matthew Kavanaugh’s Seven Sisters. The anchor home on Post Card Row, it is slightly different than the other six homes he built to its right. After years of abuse and neglect, it was slated for demolition, but the current owners saved it from that brutal fate, preserving history for years to come.

The new owners are gourmet home chefs and entertain regularly so a functional and spacious kitchen was on the top of their priority list. The once cramped galley-style kitchen now is an open area with room to prep and cook comfortably and accommodate guests in their central gathering space.

The newly enlarged kitchen features state-of-the-art Dacor appliances, ample cabinet space, and a floor-to-ceiling folding glass wall from NanaWall Systems leading to the deck. The cabinetry reaches to the 12-foot-tall ceiling and is easily accesible using a sliding library ladder (not shown). But getting here wasn’t easy. Increasing the size required the removal of a wall that contained a chimney to the roof. This meant structural changes needed to be implemented with surgical precision, a task general contractor ORB Construction said was the most challenging aspect of the project. “The most intricate phase of the work involved bringing in the header, which would span the length of the kitchen,” recalled ORB owner Brendan O’Reilly. “It was a 14-foot-long, eight-by-eight steel I-beam, which we had to crane in through the window.”

With the wall now gone and safety features in place, the owners now can focus on welcoming guests and sharing their stunning views of Alamo Square Park.

The living room captures the essence of this remodel that preserved the home's history while still providing the comforts of the modern age.

With its metallic tile, steel light and plumbing fixtures with matte finish, and exposed pipes, the guest bath on the first floor of the Painted Lady packs a powerful design punch in a tight space.

The master bathroom of this remodeled Painted Lady includes a freestanding tub, the perfect melding of Victorian and modern design.

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