Colm Brennan’s modesty might lead a person to believe building in San Francisco is not that complicated. The head of Stronghold Construction doesn’t lament the city’s notoriously strict permitting laws and deflects credit when congratulated on a project’s success.
But you can sense the logistical nightmares of Brennan’s job, especially when he shares an anecdote about a recent remodel in Potrero Hill.
“Getting the structural steel put in was the hardest part. We brought in a crane, but it wasn’t able to get the steel above the power lines. So we had to bring in an overhead crane to get the beams over the wires,” Brennan said, referring to the time crews needed to navigate a crane commonly found in ports and industrial yards up and down Potrero Hill. “It didn’t always go smoothly.”
But by all appearances, 776 Wisconsin St. did go smoothly. The trilevel grew by more than 1,200 square feet, and it offers expanded views, a European kitchen and a panoramic roof deck overlooking the city and bay. An asymmetrical facade of timber, glass, steel and concrete takes the place of the once nondescript exterior.
“He deserves the credit,” Brennan said. “It’s a lot of his blood, sweat and tears that made the vision come together.”
Completely rebuilt, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home enjoys technological enhancements throughout. A multizone Nest thermostat, intercom, video monitoring, Cat6 wiring, eight-zone radiant heating and an on-demand water heater paired with a 70-gallon storage tank merge for a prime example of 21st century design.
Studio Becker in San Francisco designed a sleek European kitchen revolving around a Cesarstone island and decked out with high-end appliances. An under-cabinet wine chiller stores 56 bottles, while two Bosch dishwashers help make short work of post-dinner cleanup.
Five-inch solid white oak lines the floor and fashions tread for a floating staircase anchored by rigid steel.
Outside, the multilevel backyard offers an entertainment patio and garden. A gas line running to the rear deck invites the incoming owner to install a custom barbecue.
Source : SFGate.com