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Sneak Peek of this Weekend's San Francisco Home Tours

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The 10th annual San Francisco: Living Home Tours are this weekend. We thought it best to give you a preview of the featured projects on the tour. The tour aims to shine a little light on a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences - all from the architect's point of view (most of which will be on hand to answer all your questions). This is a great way to get an inside look into the world of distinctive and new residences in the city. The projects are showcased on either Saturday, the 15th or Sunday, the 16th from 10am to 4pm.

The Folsom Street Residence designed by Gary Gee Architects is a brand spankin' new home that was built on a vacant, cross-sloping downhill lot in Bernal Heights. From the architect we learn that the design concept was "to create simple layering of living spaces stacked and interlocked to express the mass and topography of the site." It's a 3-level home with a 2-car garage. Our favorite property highlight is the roof deck that has views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Downtown, East Bay Hills and the Bay.

Bernal Heights is definitely the neighborhood of choice for this year's tours. The Bernal Tower by Blue Truck Studio is a tightly-detailed modern home that re-mastered a decrepit bungalow. The architect says things about the house like "The classic bay windows and siding of neighboring Victorians were re-interpreted as a floor-to-ceiling front window and square-grooved vertical siding" and "The street level facade of nearby stucco houses was re-invented with a rough-sawn cedar siding hand-coopered to curve up under the soffit." It has a green roof.

The Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments designed by David Baker + Partners Architects is built on the former site of a parking lot in Hayes Valley. The five-story sustainable building provides permanent housing for very low-income, formerly homeless persons. The apartments are all studios. The project is part of the Market + Octavia Neighborhood Plan, which "aims to create a dense transit-oriented neighborhood with housing over retail and streets that are friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists."

The remodel of the 644 House on Potrero Hill by Fougeron Architects features a faceted custom-built glass wall on the West which maximizes views of the garden and Downtown. The 4-level home is fit for entertaining. The top floor was designed by Schwartz and Architecture and completed in 2005.

The EDDIE House by Three Legged Pig Design is located in the Richmond District. It's a newly renovated and expanded Edwardian era home which completed its very intense renovation in May of last year. The home retained the scale and solid bones of the existing home, but mixed new materials, forms, and sustainable features to "reflect our modern times."

This Presidio Heights residence designed by Huang Iboshi Architecture and John Maniscalco Architecture is a complete rebuild of a 1950s modern home. The architect tells us that the "project combines spatial openness, a consistent use of materials, and reconfiguration of the ground plane to bring light deep into this home." There's a sculptural steel and limestone staircase and a roof deck.

The Manzanita Residence by YamaMar Design is a Marina-style home in Laurel Heights that underwent a remodel with the two big properties being increased natural light and improved flow between kitchen, dining, and living spaces. There are custom skylights. The home's owned by a successful interior designer, so we're especially looking forward to the interiors of this abode.

This single-family home designed by Zack | de Vito Architecture and Construction is a retreat in Bernal Heights for a professional couple. The residence is a spacious 3,200 sq. ft. and has "dramatic views" of downtown via floor-to-ceiling glazing and terraces from the back.