Jessica and Stig Olson’s residence is a widespread plenty of sight in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset community: a stucco-clad 1928 row house with living spaces stacked atop a two-motor vehicle garage. The garage was also quite typical, with exposed joists, pipes, and wires at the ceiling, a sloping concrete flooring, and minor purely natural mild to infiltrate the gloom. The few ordered the home in 2018, and somewhat than park the cars and trucks within and simply call it a day, they resolved to faucet into the garage’s possible.
Just before: Garage Interior
The Olsons formerly lived in a rented flat in a Hayes Valley Victorian, and while they ended up excited to have a position of their possess, their past household experienced significantly much more related living areas. “This property was by no means transformed, so it was really chopped up,” claims Jessica. “We mentioned, ‘Oh no, we really don’t have any of that big, open up area we made use of to have—how are we going to produce it?’ That was the seed of the idea for the downstairs.”
After: Living Space
In 2020, Jessica arrived at out to her buddy, interior designer Hana Mattingly of Innen Studio, for aid. In small purchase, Mattingly introduced in one more pal, architect Jack Hotho—and when the layout meetings began, they felt more like meal get-togethers than operate classes. “Jess is an amazing cook—she would make this clean bread, and then Stig generally experienced a signature cocktail waiting for us upon arrival,” states Mattingly. “It was certainly not your common undertaking in that regard.”
In reality, the couple’s appreciate of entertaining informed how they desired to use the new downstairs place. “The principal intention truly was internet hosting, simply because that is this sort of a large portion of our life,” says Jessica. The initial stage for the design workforce would be to handle the difficulties of the existing room. “There was almost no gentle,” states Hotho. “We knew from the very starting that diffusing light-weight all through the garage was going to be our intention.”
Right before: Garage Center
Immediately after: Workplace
The crew opened the garage up to the backyard by installing a bifold glass door and a new exterior concrete slab, for seamless indoor/out of doors movement. At this conclude of the house, they placed a at ease lounge that can seat 12, and they painted the partitions and ceiling white. “I like to do that in a whole lot of my projects—painting the ceiling the identical colour as the partitions,” says Mattingly. “It’s a little bit much more extraordinary when you use a color, but with white it just can make the whole space feel larger.”
An adjacent kitchenette has its personal trick for accessing the sun: A serving window runs alongside the counter, enabling it to serve as a bar with stools positioned exterior. Open up shelving lines one facet of the living room, partitioning off an office room without the need of blocking light-weight. “We needed to determine distinct areas inside the 1 much larger place, but we also needed light-weight to move by to each of them,” says Hotho.
Right before: Rear Garage
Right after: Kitchen area
Hotho and Mattingly then strategized how to make the garage experience significantly less like a garage, and more like a dwelling place, though continue to incorporating key existing options. “I have often loved the method of preserving the excellent things that are outdated, like the patina and the history of the property,” suggests Jessica.
To that close, the crew retained the exposed joists and wood assist columns when incorporating acoustic insulation to dampen audio from upstairs—which has the extra bonus of hiding plumbing and wires. They repoured the concrete flooring, developing a new foundation at a wood support article and flared techniques at the bottom of the stairs. “We experienced this concept of dipping the total flooring approach into polished concrete,” states Hotho.
Right before: Stairs
Soon after: Stairs
The new plan had to be comfortable, inviting, and not skimp on the patina, so the workforce diligently mixed Jessica’s beloved classic finds with useful new items, like the oversized sectional in the dwelling area and Ikea shelving models.
“Hana was equipped to just take all of my eclectic, wayward, mad ideas—and all of my pieces, from random antique points to things that I had inherited from my mother—and then assist us deliver it all collectively and edit,” claims Jessica. “That simplifies the aesthetic so that it doesn’t get cluttered.”
In the kitchen, the crew opted for a suite of DeVol cupboards and extras, paired with butcher-block counters Stig discovered at Property Depot and stained, as nicely as a significant apothecary cupboard that is now topped with a new counter to serve as a central island.
In the bathroom, in which no outside relationship was attainable, the team “embraced the darkish and made the decision to go with a ton of diverse textures to make it experience actually cozy,” states Mattingly. Right here, rich, dark tile meets a textural plaster end on partitions and ceiling, a classic concrete sink, and brass taps.
Just after: Toilet
The challenge wrapped in 2021, and the pair have utilised the new area for all sorts of gatherings with good friends and neighbors—from children’s birthday events, to movie evenings, to relaxed dinners. “At any time because we have been done, we have a weekly, or biweekly, accumulating with some families—we meet up with down there and do dinners jointly, and then sit close to the sofa and form out our lives,” claims Jessica. “It has genuinely turned into the place where by we do a ton of our communal dwelling.”