The Feldman Brothers Reunited...

Dave Feldman, brother of Principal Jonathan Feldman, returned to the Bay Area last week to join the Comcast SportsNet Bay Area team. This is the first time the brothers have resided in the same place since Dave went off to college in 1983! Dave comes to CSN Bay Area to take the lead on 49er broadcasts, as well as helping with Pre- and Post-Game shows for MLB, NBA, and NHL. Dave has worked as a sportscaster all across the country, including stints at ESPN, WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, DC, and KTIV-TV (NBC) in Sioux City, Iowa. Dave graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Jonathan is very excited to have his brother around, and the rest of the office is excited to (hopefully) get some great tickets to games. You can find a full bio on Dave at CSN Bay Area’s website.

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Feldman Architecture Summer 2012 Newsletter...

This spring has been a busy one for Feldman Architecture.  As we continue to settle into our new digs near Levi’s Plaza, we welcome visitors to the office.

The Mill Valley Cabins have created a splash on several blogs including a feature in Remodelista, an upcoming article in Elle Décor,and recognition in the Custom Home Awards for merit in design of an Outdoor Building.

We completed photography of the eco+historical Victorian Update here in San Francisco.  The design of the home was developed in conjunction with eco+historical and shortly after the completion of construction was placed on the market to be swept up very quickly.  The home features several sustainable features and is pursuing LEED platinum accreditation.  This summer we look forward to photographing a handful of new projects completed here in San Francisco and the Peninsula.

The Walnut Farm Retreat is nearing completion. This is our second house featuring rammed earth walls and nearing its certification in the LEED for Homes program where we’re aiming for LEED Gold.  Some of the highlights of the construction were recently profiled on inhabitat.com.

Jonathan traveled in June to Washington, DC where he sat on Hanley Wood’s Builder Choice awards jury which will be published in October.  Staff have been traveling in Oregon, Los Angeles, Michigan, London and Hawaii as the summer season kicks off.  All are bringing back inspiration from amazing projects that they’ve seen on their travels.  Matt just returned from the AIDS Lifecycle biking for one week down to LA and raising about $4000 for the cause.

Recently, Camille departed to pursue work in LA and we wish her the best of luck after 3 great years with the firm.  We have 2 new employees, Dora Chan and Aaron Lim, who are both settling comfortably into the Feldman family.  Check out their profiles on our Staff pages [or add link].  We are also enjoying the company and fresh perspective of AJ Cross, an intern and recent graduate of the BArch program at California College of the Arts, and also of Nelly Lam, MArch candidate at Cornell University, who will both be working with us for the summer.

Travel Photos: Ann Arbor...

I recently took a quick trip back to my home town of Ann Arbor Michigan.  Even though I was on vacation, I couldn’t help but snap a few shots of the architecture in the city.  Ann Arbor is composed of nice old university buildings as well as a lot of contemporary architecture.

Ann Arbor Images

From top to bottom the buildings are: Angell HallNickles ArcadeUniversity of Michigan Museum of Art, & The Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch.  For more information on any of the buildings click the links above.

-Jessica

Sustainable Sidebar: LED Pendants...

If you’re looking to light up your home with a pendant, consider choosing an LED. You save in the long run while keeping it elegant! This dining room is beautifully lit with the Moooi Raimond mimicking the city lights in the background. A centerpiece like this will surely make your home feel more complete, while keeping it green. (more…)

Salamander House (Warming) Party...

We just completed our largest and most ambitious project to date and had the treat of attending a festive house-warming party. 150 guests made the trek to Hollister to enjoy a great summer garden party complete with great food, swimming and bocce ball and, of course, exciting architecture! This challenging house was built by the Talented crew at Stoker and Allaire and the amazing landscape design was by Bernard Trainor and Associates. Here are some of my photos of the great afternoon!

-Jonathan

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On Demand Retrofit Hot Water Recirculation Systems...

Photo by Paul Dyer Photography

For many older homes built before the advent of hot water recirculation systems, lag times while we wait for hot water to come out of a faucet is something many of us deal with in our homes every day.  This not only wastes our time, but it also wastes energy and a lot of water, 6+ gallons of water a day on average per household.  This equals 700M gallons a day, nationwide, dumped down the drain because the water was not hot enough for its application. (more…)

Rainwater Diversion in the City of San Francisco...

HOW DO YOU MAKE 1,800 GALLONS OF RAINWATER DISAPPEAR?

With a typical roof shedding hundreds of gallons of water in a major rainstorm, an important and potentially expensive issue arises in many San Francisco remodels: where does it all go?

Rainwater diversion can be a cost-effective and sustainable solution. In this post, we will walk you through the definition of rainwater diversion, its benefits, and the permitting issues and methods necessary for execution.

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Rebuilding Together...

On Saturday, April 28th a crew from Feldman Architecture spent the day volunteering with Rebuilding Together San Francisco.  Joining Wells Fargo and Hanson Bridgett, our team of 60+ volunteers helped to renovate the house of Mrs. A who has been there since 1944.  Under the great leadership of three general contractors, we reframed an outdoor deck, primed and painted the interior rooms, cleared a large backyard of weeds, replaced bathroom and kitchen appliances, and even created a new home and play area for two large Rottweiler dogs!   All in a day’s work!

Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that connects volunteers with construction projects focusing on the rejuvenation of communities.  With projects ranging from single family homes to non-profit organizations and school facilities, the San Francisco chapter has helped over 1,000 houses and 250 facilities since its inception in 1989.

rebuilding-togetherFeldman Architecture had a great time lending a helping hand and look forward to participating in the future! – Kevin Barden

The Spirit of Earth Day: Revitalizing our communities...

A volunteer helps rehabilitate a yard during the Rebuilding Together prep day.

In the spirit of Earth Day and being good stewards of the environment, it is important to also remember to be good stewards of our community. Rebuilding Together San Francisco is a non-profit organization that connects volunteers with construction projects focusing on the rejuvenation of communities.  With projects ranging from single family homes to non-profit organizations and school facilities, the San Francisco chapter has helped over 1,000 houses and 250 facilities since its inception in 1989. (more…)

Passive Air Cooling – It’s not Just for the Birds...

Photo by Matthew Millman Photography

In 2007, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders worked out of a loft-like industrial space in the Mission that lacked sufficient air flow on the handful of warm San Francisco days.  During those San Francisco “heat waves,” we had to haul out 6’ tall industrial fans in a feeble attempt to move the air. With the fans howling, it felt like working in an old airplane hangar with prop planes readying to taxi out to the runway. (more…)

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