Mark Reilly Architecture is a full-service architectural design firm specializing in renovations, additions, and new construction projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
We collaborate with clients to design homes that fit their budget, building site, and way they live. By listening closely, we develop customized, well-detailed solutions that meet their individual needs. We then follow through with strong execution to create warm, light-filled living spaces.
Our firm prides itself on its strong design ideas, problem-solving skills, approachability, and ability to navigate the permitting process. Rather than follow a particular design style, we strive to maximize natural light, open up views, and connect to the outdoors. We respect the old, integrate the new, and make generous use of natural materials in a sustainable manner.
Projects range from kitchen remodels and basement build-outs, to complete house renovations and ground-up construction.
San Francisco Edwardian – Kitchen Renovation / Addition: This kitchen was moved to the location of a former bedroom. Light colors, satin finish paint, a glass backspalsh, and polished countertops help reflect light and visually expand the size of the small space. Douglas fir cabinets add warmth. Full height upper cabinets, back-to-back island cabinets, and a large pantry maximize storage. Photo: Bruce Damonte
San Francisco Edwardian – Dining & Deck Renovation / Addition: This Edwardian was gutted and expanded within it’s existing building footprint. Rear stairs were removed and a Nana window wall was added to connect the home to its stellar views and deck, and to flood the space with natural light. A floating wall of painted v-groove boards provides separation, yet openess, between the new kitchen and dining room. A new stair links this level to the new office and guest bedroom below. Photo: Bruce Damonte
Belvedere – Kitchen / Dining Relocation: In this historic Belvedere home, two small bedrooms were replaced with a new kitchen, dining room, and powder room. Widened doorways link these spaces to the adjacent living room. Photo: Paul Dyer
Belvedere – Kitchen / Dining Relocation: The need to preserve historic windows, with sills that fell below counter height, was resolved by “floating” the new prep and clean-up sinks in front of the windows. A mix of old trim, crisp white cabinets, and a marble splash gives the space a bright, modern feel. Photo: Paul Dyer
Belvedere – Floating Kitchen Sink: The need to preserve historic windows — whose sills fell far below counter height — led to “floating” the new prep and clean-up sinks in front of the windows as a solution. Photo: Paul Dyer
Belvedere – Living Room Renovation: Removing cabinetry, adding new floors, and repairing old trim created a prime spot for evening game nights. Photo: Paul Dyer
San Francisco Condo – Kitchen Renovation: Industrial French lights, Douglas fir cabinets, soapstone countertops, and Heath tile backsplash give this kitchen a modern, yet warm, feel. A new sliding door and patio link the space to the outdoors.
San Francisco Condo – Living Room Relocation: A former dining room and office were converted into the new living room. A reclaimed Douglas fir staircase leads to the new master suite above. Glass in the master bedroom floor and a skylight above the stair allow natural light to filter into this formerly dark space.
San Francisco Condo – Master Bath Addition: Wood and tile walls add warmth and texture to this new master bath. The vanity sink floats off the floor to make the space feel larger and more open.
San Francisco Condo – Master Bedroom Attic Addition: The walls of this master bedroom addition are covered in vertical grain Douglas fir. The original attic access stair was maintained as a scultural element of the new roof deck.
San Francisco Condo – Outdoor Shower: An outdoor shower was mounted to the Ipe rainscreen that covers this attic addition. Planter boxes surround the shower and roof deck.
San Francisco Edwardian – Small Grand Bath – A new shower skylight, window, and white subway tile helped make this very small bath feel grand.
San Francisco Edwardian – Skylit Shower – A small bath was made to feel bigger and brighter by replacing the roof with a wall-to-wall skylight.
Orinda Ranch – Venacular Kitchen – Large metal windows add to the vernacular feel of this kitchen, and allow reflected light into this north facing space. Beveled white subway tile reflect additional light, and corner windows provide a view of the front door.
Palo Alto – Cottage Bath Renovation: This guest cottage bath was given new life by opening the ceiling to the roof framing, adding a new skylight over the tub, and installing local Heath floor tiles and classic beveled subway wall tiles. The tub was repurposed from a bathroom in the main house. New vintage industrial plumbing fixtures add to the classicly modern feel. Photo: Peter Medilik
Palo Alto – Cottage Bath Renovation: This guest cottage bath was gutted, reconfigured, and rebuilt. The design mixes modern and vintage inspired elements to update, yet respect, this historic home. A new skylight over a repurposed tub bathes the space with natural light. New radiant heat tubing under modern Heath tile keeps the space warm. Photo: Peter Medilek
Palo Alto – Guest Cottage Renovation: This guest cottage was dark, cold, and disconnected from the garden. The formerly flat ceiling was opened to the roof rafters to create more visual space. The walls and ceiling were clad with v-groove boards and painted white to add texture and reflect more natural light. A bay window with window seat was added to bring in light and connect the space to the garden. Radiant heat was installed under a new wood floor to help keep the space warm. Photo: Peter Medilek
Orinda Ranch House – Entry: Bright orange doors mark the entry to this newly constructed East Bay ranch house. An industrial barn light, large aluminum windows, and painted shiplap siding add to the venacular style of the house.
San Francisco Townhouse – Master Bedroom Renovation: A gas fireplace was added to this master bedroom and surrounded by slate tile to add visual weight. V-groove board walls hide the master bedroom closets. A floating cabinet in the bath beyond helps to enlarge that space. Photo: Peter Medilek
San Francisco Facade Restoration – This Edwardian had been stripped of its detail and covered in stucco. The new trim details were drawn from neighboring homes. Crisp white paint, Douglas fir doors, and a reclaimed marine light add a subtle modern touch.