Community Renovations Brighten Look at AlmaVia of San Francisco

If you visit AlmaVia of San Francisco in the near future, you may notice some enticing changes to the look of the community.

New flooring, paint and custom cabinetry — including countertops and backsplashes — are among the recent changes, notes Interior Designer Caitlyn Webb, who is LEED AP and NCIDQ-certified. Webb works with Warner Design Associates, a San Mateo firm specializing in senior living design.

Additional recent updates include window treatments, furnishings, artwork and decorative light fixtures, Webb said.

Carpeting for the project had already been selected when Webb began her work, but she noted that she worked with the community to adjust the patterns and scale of the carpet. She also assisted in coordinating paint colors, light fixtures, a new fireplace surround and custom cabinetry, as well as selection of the new furniture, artwork and window treatments.

Webb noted that the seating came from Fairfield Chair, in the heart of the U.S. furniture industry in North Carolina.

“This manufacturer is special in the sense that they have a branch of their company that focuses specifically on seating for older adults,” Webb said. “They have specific seat heights, seat depths, arm heights and cushion firmness to ensure comfort and independence.”

Current and Future Renovations

Planning for the renovation started about a year ago, Webb said, when team members met at the communities to discuss the goals and design intent for the project. She added that the current phase of the project should be complete in the coming weeks, when the cabinetry, fireplace surround and lighting is installed.

Although the recent renovations are impressive, updates to the community’s decor are not yet complete. Webb noted that future design phases are in the works and will include the main Dining Room and adjacent restrooms, as well the Gardens and Bridgehaven floors of Memory Care.

Webb also noted that a number of the elements used in the design were provided by local companies. The artwork was procured from and framed by Picture Source of California in El Monte, she said. In addition, window treatments were fabricated by Gallery 33 of San Mateo, and cabinetry was fabricated by Aurora Cabinets & Countertops in San Rafael. The Stahl Companies of Gold River served as the contractor, and other local trades people were involved as well.

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