Magazine article Sunset

House for All Ages

Magazine article Sunset

House for All Ages

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DESIGN

A young famiiy bucks tradition to make a personalized home

Mark and Carol Lerdal's lifestyle didn't match their surroundings. A couple with four active kids, an interest in energy conservation, and a love for all things modern, including art photography and furniture, they lived in a traditional San Francisco Edwardian-dark, with small, confined rooms. So they decided to give their house an extreme makeover. "The Lerdals wanted an open, fluid space that would bring in more light," says architect Byron Kuth. "We also wanted to create living and play areas that were better integrated."

At its heart, the Lerdal residence is a family home. Although the rooms are sophisticated, their multifunctional materials and uses make them suited for kids and adults. A long, terrazzo-floored gallery runs the length of the house, bringing in light through large windows and glass doors at both ends. Its walls are lined with Carol's extensive collection of contemporary color photography, making it function as an art display. But the hall-like gallery also acts as a superhighway for kids on their way to the lower-level playroom or backyard. "The terrazzo floor is tough and durable, hides dirt, and stands up to muddy boots," Kuth says. …

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