Shipshape city nook

High-quality finishes are packed into a small-scale urban structure with a “less is more” sensibility.

The renovation of this boxlike 1950s home had three goals: to showcase views and increase natural light; to create an entry that provided protection from the elements; and to infuse the interior with a sense of warmth. Now, walls of glass open the public areas to sweeping city views and private areas to garden views.

The reconfigured entry not only shields the front door but also heightens a sense of anticipation upon arrival. And the interior spaces are as streamlined as a yacht, yet they’re still inviting, thanks to integrally colored plaster, cherry cabinetry, redwood paneling, and refinished oak floors.

DESIGN Joshua Aidlin, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco (415/974-5603)