BY REED WRIGHT MAKEOVER
FORMER RENTERS Marshall Hawks, a Silicon
Valley banker, and his partner Michele Lovejoy,
a middle school sports educator, read about a
freestanding 850-square-foot, south-facing,
1909 rear-yard cottage on an up-sloping lot in
Glen Park. They bid on it sight unseen.
“That was in 2014, when there was little
available under a million dollars,” Hawks says.
The final price: a “mere” $999,999. The house
was nearly at the end of its useful life, and they
knew the uninsulated two-bedroom, one-bath
home would eventually need to be redone.
But as luck would have it, they immediately
encountered architect Karen Curtiss of Red Dot
Studio, who was working on a house nearby,
and they sought her help.
Curtiss, a former New Jerseyan who studied
interior design and worked at San Francisco’s
Above and top right, a tiny Glen Park
cottage on the rear section of its lot
was transformed by Red Dot Studio
into a three-story house using the
same footprint and original framing
where possible. The up-sloping
front yard is now a tiered garden
culminating in decks that provide
outdoor living; a unique sloping
driveway gate folds back and lifts up
on a hydraulic arm. Top left, a central
staircase leads to bedrooms; behind
it a lounge has a guest sofa bed.
A small Glen Park house is now twice its size
but retains its friendly, diminutive character.