Richly figured California walnut wood cladding for the
central staircase, blue-gray plaster and glass tile for the old
fireplace and bleached end-grain fir wood flooring — a
Wilson favorite — were all combined for textural effects to
liven up the rectilinear modernist geometry.
Last in line were the walls. For those to be finished properly, the crate had to go.
When Wilson and Chase took down the makeshift box
they had assembled, “it was dramatic,” the architect recalls.
“I knew basically what it was going to feel like, but when
we went from full shed to no shed in about three hours, we
could finally see the view of the bay all the way from the Bay
Bridge to the Golden Gate to Angel Island with Mount Tam
in the distance. It was a big reveal.”
Their new 2,400-square-foot space is big enough for the
two of them, and it has spare rooms for when their children
visit. And because Wilson and Cronin’s new dining room
opens onto a deck, the place is actually big enough for parties
with about 80 people. They definitely don’t miss the crate.
Outside its confinement, even the dining table that can now
seat 18 people feels almost as large as the enormous view. n