Three new freestanding buildings behind a restored Victorian house create a small community interconnected by gardens; a calm refuge in a mixed industrial neighborhood. The studio and residence of Sheahan + Quandt demonstrates a mix of residential and commercial building techniques and materials, selected for unadorned beauty and sustainability.

Materials in their native state were selected for sustainability and low-toxicity to provide a healthy residence and design studio. 

"Remarkably, no paint was used in the project; every wall is finished with integrally colored plaster, glass or stone, and wood is treated with oil and wax, no toxic finishes . . . a very modern building, influenced by the industrial setting, but still warm" - San Francisco Magazine