House + House Architects

(415) 474-2112
www.houseandhouse.com

Business Description
For 30 years House + House Architects have crafted intimate, personal architecture. Through careful analysis, Steven and Cathi House mold each project into a unique, magical and harmonious environment. Deeply sensitive to elements of form, color, natural light, and movement, House + House creates a tangible spirit within each home, molded to the process of living. Committed to sustainability, their work focuses on enduring design principles incorporating natural light and ventilation, passive solar heating, grey/rain water systems, recycled materials, the development of microclimates and strong connections to the outdoors.



House + House has produced a diverse body of work reflecting their passion for site specific, well choreographed buildings in California, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1989 "Architecture" magazine featured House + House in their Discovery Issue on emerging talent. Since then, they have received over 50 design awards and their work has been featured in numerous national and international publications including two monographs, "House + House Architects: Choreographing Space" (1999) and "Houses in the Sun: light movement embrace" (2008). Steven and Cathi have lectured extensively throughout the United States and Mexico, and both have served on the Dean's Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. They have established CASA, The Center for Architecture, Sustainability + Art, a new study abroad program based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



For over 35 years they have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America documenting vernacular architecture. Their stunning book, "Mediterranean Villages: An Architectural Journey", (2004), celebrates their investigations of villages throughout the Mediterranean - the hilltowns of central Italy, the Aegean Islands of Greece, the Dalmatian coast and the Andalusian region of southern Spain.
Location:
San Francisco, CA US 
Contact:
Steven House AIA 
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Address
1499 Washington Street,
San Francisco, California,
United States, 94109 
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Most of the driveway is built on grade, but a portion of it bridges across a ravine. I hope this helps.
April 13, 2014 at 12:04pm   
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Thank you very much for your interest in our project. Like yours the property is also very steep. The home's height varies, but it is approximately 20 feet tall along the upside and 30 feet tall on the downside. I hope this helps.
April 13, 2014 at 12:02pm   
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The cabinets are made of Mahogany. I hope this helps.
April 13, 2014 at 11:58am   
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Thank you for your interest in our project. The wall is constructed with masonry, stucco and 6 inch by 6 inch glass blocks. I hope this helps.
April 13, 2014 at 11:57am   
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Innovate Building Solutions
Nice look - I love how the light streams through the glass blocks.
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The floor tiles are black slate. I hope this helps.
April 1, 2014 at 9:12pm   
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Suzanne Marie's Interiors, Suzanne Denning
This is beautiful. I really like your colors and designs.
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Thank you very much for your kind words about our project, Casa Lluvia Blanca. The stairs lead up to a beautiful hot tub with panoramic views over the town.
March 25, 2014 at 7:56pm     
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tatiana14
Ooh, that sounds lovely. I'll try looking again, maybe I missed the photo. Stunning project. Best,
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Summit Stairs & Millwork
To Donnamturner, you have to also take into account your local building codes. This rail shown would not pass codes in my local area of Atlanta. The government knows how to stick its nose into everything to "protect" us. LOL. There are ways around these government restrictions. I have seen people put up chicken wire or plexiglass on their stairs which an inspector knew was going to come down AFTER he inspected the stair and when they get the passing inspection the homeowners put up what they wanted. I am not condoning this but have witnessed this happen. Those are beautiful railings and would look great on an indoor staircase. Very good flow.
March 28, 2014 at 7:00am   
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Review by negupta:

Our experience with House and House was quite incredible. Steven and Cathi have vision and are were able to execute design elements that complemented our life s...
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Review by jpcovert1:

We had House+House design a 3200 sq. ft. Home for our family of four. The creativity of the design, use of materials that complimented the gold rush history of ...
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Review by mayershacter:

If you want a plain, boring house, don't hire Cathi and Steven House. I have been in many of their homes, not only the one they built for us. They consistently ...
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Review by blnelson8:

As design professionals and art educators/collectors, the choice of architects for our residence was critical in regards to the breadth of our aesthetic and fun...
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House+House worked with us to design a house to replace the one we lost in the 1991 Berkeley Hills Fire. Our entry into house design was therefore unanticipate...
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