“I think I’m standing in your new house,” I told my clients. “There’s only one hitch—you won’t have time to see it first.” So began our 4 ½-year renovation of a home that sits directly on the Presidio Wall. It was originally a simple 1920s shingled house but the light and the setting was idyllic, with unobstructed views across the park to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific beyond. We set out to create something of enduring beauty and substance. Sparing no detail, we commissioned projects from old-world style artisans: woodworkers, metal workers, stone masons, plasterers, muralists. The result is far more than a custom home, it’s truly a work of art.