MODTAGE design maximizes the space inside Dogpatch loft in San Francisco

MODTAGE design maximizes the space inside Dogpatch loft in San Francisco

Interior design studio MODTAGE design and building company Jeff King & Co. were asked to design and rebuilt a loft located in a historic warehouse building on San Francisco’s industrial waterfront.

“The buildings retrofit sadly created a lot of wasted space. When the project began, the primary focus was on how to regain some of the usable space and maximize the overall square footage of the loft. The overriding theme was a minimal aesthetic with clean lines, contrasting natural materials highlighted with pops of color. The primary design let the brick & timber bones of the building shine through. Handmade and handcrafted items were used wherever possible. This included various reclaimed woods for the barnwood; the stair-treads; the projection screen box and light box above the dining table. It got very granular: the client expressed a real desire to make a proper space for everything. The client had extremely high standards and needed to know he was working with a team of professionals that would produce an extremely high quality project. Our team worked closely together with the builder through the process to come up with great concepts and solutions. The most important element of this project was the details. The loft space actually occupied very little square footage. We wanted to maintain an open-plan and lofty feel, while finding ways to incorporate storage and dedicated space for all of the clients’ specific needs. Ultimately, this was achieved by creating unique storage solutions and recovering some of that lost ’empty wall’ space. The original construction used a shower pan plate and built walls to that size, leaving empty, unused space inside the walls. We literally had crew climbing through holes in the wall to see if we could use the space beyond. Main areas that were adapted for storage include; the Office and AV area, the bar, the kitchen & pantry, the guest room / den, the master bedroom open closet system & nightstands, the laundry and the closet that stores all the electrical panels to house the smart Lutron Homeworks system. The open risers helped maintain an open-plan feel to the space. Re-working and maximizing the space in the two bathrooms made a huge difference. Although the lower bathroom is considering ‘utilitarian’ and houses the washer and dryer, it still has a finished appearance and truly maximizes every inch of space. It also includes a custom soaking tub. The upper bathroom that previously housed only a small stand up shower and vanity, now includes both a bath and open shower area. The vanity includes two faucets. The custom triple sliding doors allow for an enlarged opening and entryway to the bathroom, when desired, and can be closed for more privacy when guests are visiting. Previously dark and poorly laid out bathrooms are now light filled and spacious thanks to the added transoms and sidelights that bring natural light in from adjacent spaces. Wall-hung toilets help free up floor space,” says Gretchen Murdock, the founder of MODTAGE design

  • Location: Dogpatch – San Francisco, California
  • Date completed: 2017
  • Size: 1,100 square feet
  • Design: MODTAGE design
  • Builder: Jeff King & Co.
  • Photos: MODtage design
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Entrance hall
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Kitchen
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Dining area
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Mezzanine
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Bedroom
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Nightstand
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Bathroom
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