Nearly 20 years ago, a San Francisco divorce attorney passed by an unusual sight: builders were attempting to construct a home on a narrow and very steep hillside, which happened to contain the largest and oldest oak tree in San Francisco. Its design had been required to work around the tree. A tall and skinny supermodel of a home, the lot a mere 25' x 75', four stories in all, fared well over the resulting years. She was hooked and bought the house.
What began as a desire for a new master bath ended with a complete to-the-studs remodel. The only remnants of the original home are the tree and a four story circular staircase that allows one to go from floor to floor while marveling at the majestic oak tree. In the small and previously unremarkable entry level room, wall, doors and fireplace were demolished in favor of glass. Now the sculptural limbs of the tree are seen as soon as one passes through the front door. The resulting home is a light filled aerie whose main purpose stems from the admiration and preservation of natural form.