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San Francisco-based Klopf Architecture were hired to complete a light and open, modern addition for an existing traditional-style home owned by designer Tanja DiGrande. The firm worked closely with DiGrande to design the rear addition where they wanted the differences between the styles to show. They also wanted the new space to be clean and minimal, with a gallery-like feel so the changing light, people, and furnishings would provide the color and motion.

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The exterior is a dark gray stucco with dark steel railings and floor-to-ceiling windows to complete the look. A spiral staircase leads to the rooftop deck. It appears as a modern box but it also tends to recede and become a backdrop to the original house.

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Surrounded by greenery, the large windows frame various views around the property.

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Inside, there are clean lines and modern furnishings that reflect the owner’s tastes.

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The master bedroom has an open bathroom with minimal decor.

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A floating vanity visually lightens the clean space.

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Photos ©2015 Mariko Reed.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.