Project year: 2006 | Location: San Francisco, California

The house at 161 Elsie Street is designed to fit comfortably within its context of pitched roofed, bay windowed neighbors while presenting a modern character to its form.

About The Project

The strict design guidelines of the Elsie Street code and the Bernal Heights Special Use District provided challenges that are not found elsewhere in San Francisco. The three bedroom, 2-1/2 bath house fits snugly into its steep upslope lot and provides decks at four levels to take advantage of the views.

“Phil has designed the last two homes I lived in. The first one I purchased directly from the contractor and loved Phil's design and sense of space. The second home he designed for me was a total build from the ground up of a 2 unit building in SF that was destroyed in a fire. I wanted to go in a different direction on this one and Phil came up with an amazing design. He is awesome to deal with and very straightforward. He made great suggestions some I listened to some I did not. To be honest most of the ones I didn't listen to I now regret. I didn't have the vision he had and wish I had been more open minded. I honestly cant say enough about the guy he is great.”

Aisling F.Project Owner


Project Details

Architect / Design team
Phil Rossington, Alice Roche, Jackie McKay Detamore
Structural Engineering
Double D Engineering
completed in 2006 by A.Murphy Construction
External Link
Check out the project on Houzz