Laidley Residence

This new construction, single-family residence was a highly customized design/build project for a family of four. Located on a San Francisco street illustrious for its residential architecture, the steep site steps down-slope toward impressive views of downtown and the Bay.

A modern, eco-sensitive urban retreat, the house is family friendly without compromising high standards for aesthetics, detail and finishes. The materials and detailing are consistently expressive of contemporary craft, with visible structural steel and wood cabinetry used throughout to define spaces.

A steel and acrylic balcony and an oversized steel and glass bay containing a window seat project from the front façade, echoing traditional bay windows.

Developed using sustainable principles with Zack | de Vito Architecture, the home’s systems achieve energy efficiency, low consumption and low toxicity.


• On the exterior: stucco and exposed structural steel, a board formed concrete retaining/landscape wall, sanded acrylic decking

• Environmentally friendly materials include high fly-ash concrete, engineered lumber, blown-in cellulose insulation, FSC certified woods, palm wood flooring, low VOC finishes.


• The panelized framing system reduced waste and on-site construction time—with 80% built off-site, then delivered and craned into place.

• A photovoltaic system provides nearly 100% of the electricity, and solar hot water panels reduce heating loads for the hydronic radiant heat and domestic hot water.

Location: San Francisco, California

Completed: 2008

Architecture, Interiors, Landscape: Zack | de Vito Architecture

Photography: ©Henrik Kam, ©Paul Dyer



  • 2010 American Institute of Architects East Bay Chapter Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Award Merit Award
  • 2009 Custom Home and Design Grand Award
  • 2009 American Institute of Architects National Chapter Housing Award
  • 2009 American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter Excellence in Architecture
  • 2009 Citation Award Custom Home Design Magazine Grand Award for Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 S.F.
  • 2009 Residential Architect Magazine Merit Award
  • 2009 Builder’s Choice Award Merit Award
  • 2009 Residential Design/Build Design Excellence Award Excellence for Custom Home less than 3,000 S.F
  • 2009 Residential Design/Build Design Excellence Award< Excellence for Architectural Feature Custom Stairway
  • 2008 Participant SFAIA Annual Home Tours