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2018 Award Winners



Entire Home, Over $750,000


Laidley Cottage

Remodel of the Year

San Francisco, Calif.

Architect/Designers | Red Dot Studio | Structural Engineer: NY Engineering

Builder | MT Development

Landscape Architect/Designer | Flora Grubb Gardens

Photographers | John Lee | Marketing Firm: WAGNER CREATIVE

Like much of San Francisco’s housing stock, the Laidley Street Cottage was becoming out of date.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 a rear yard cottage. In the redesign, additional square footage was modest and focused on right-sizing the property to the site while adding new building systems, seismic retrofitting, and daylit design.

The cottage now has a friendly, window-filled façade, but the fence and gate structure provide privacy to the occupants on the living level. The living space extends generously to the front yard. The master bedroom has a private rear garden, and the guest bedroom has a balcony, providing yet more indoor/outdoor connections. Outdoor space and fresh air become 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.

From the Judges
The stair, particularly the stair turn and skylights, is lovely. Judges loved the shower off the garden and overall, found this project very beautiful.

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