November 27, 2016

Westwood Park San Francisco

Our firm was recently hired to assist in the remodel of a 1920's Bungalow in the Westwood Park area of San Francisco. Previous to this I was not familiar with this wonderful little gem of a neighborhood! 

From the Westwood Park Association website:

"Westwood Park is a neighborhood in the south western area of San Francisco, California. Designed as a “residence park” for middle class residents, it consists of more than 650 bungalow-style homes. Building in Westwood Park began in 1916, with the majority of homes completed in the 1920s.
The neighborhood lies within the borders of Monterey Boulevard, Phelan Avenue, Faxon Avenue and Ocean Avenue.
The 1918 completion of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in West Portal allowed for Westwood Park to become a reality as “a model home community for the family of average means.” An article from the 1923 magazine, “The Home Designer,” described Westwood Park as:
..justly considered as one of the show places of San Francisco and a model of the modern American home community…Its beautiful name was suggested by its location in the “west” of the city and the high eucalyptus woods that surround the tract, tempering the invigorating and bracing breezes that sometimes sweep in from the Pacific Ocean.
In 1995, Westwood Park became San Francisco’s only Residential Character District, providing the neighborhood with protection for its architectural integrity. 
The Westwood Park Association (WPA), founded in 1917, keeps its members informed about activities taking place in and around Westwood Park (See Newsletters). Property owners in Westwood Park pay annual dues, which primarily go toward the maintenance of the historic gates, trees and landscaping throughout the neighborhood."
About the architecture - 
"Although San Francisco is ordinarily cited for its Victorian and Edwardian houses, the 650-home tract of Westwood Park is the only neighborhood in The City with representations of nearly all styles of bungalows popular in the early 20th century: Mission, Craftsman, Prairie, Colonial Revival, English Cottage and Spanish Revival.
Some of the common architectural elements include: oak hardwood floors with Philippine mahogany trim, beveled glass French doors, built-in dining room buffets, gum wood wainscoting, coved ceilings, tiled and/or brick fireplaces, multiple windows, sun rooms and tile roofs."
We were able to restore some of the original millwork and keep the built in dining room buffet, coved ceilings, tile fireplace, sun room and curved, multiple wood windows, but the wood wainscot and some of the dark wood millwork was in pretty bad shape and had to be replaced. 
See the before and after's 

Exterior ~ Before 

A fresh coat of paint, new wood windows and landscaping brought this beauty back to life! 

The house still had it's original appliances, linoleum floor and a wall that separated the kitchen from the rest of the house. There was a staircase to the basement that we relocated and added 2 bedrooms + 2 baths to the house. 

We wanted the design to reflect a modern, yet, traditional feel. We worked to bring back some dark & warm wood tones with the island and hardwood floor, while opening up walls making the interior brighter and functional for today's families. 

The wood on the built-in buffet was in really bad shape, termites and lack of care had ruined its beauty. We cleaned it up, painted the wainscot and woodwork and kept the buffet & mirror in its original location. 

The living room features curved, wood windows, the original coved ceiling and the original clay, fireplace tile, and all add to this bungalows historic charm. 

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