St. Francis Wood
Having worked with Feldman Architecture previously on two smaller remodels, these repeat clients had outgrown their Bernal Heights home and were looking to provide their three young boys with space to grow. The design emphasizes a strong indoor-outdoor connection with plentiful yard and garden space to raise a family, accented with thoughtful details tailored to their specific lifestyle and taste throughout the home.
Located in the historic neighborhood of St Francis Wood, the original building featured an exterior façade that required special attention and preservation. A small expansion needed to distinguish itself from the original structure, but also compliment the traditional feel. The home is fortunate to sit on a double lot- the second vacant lot transformed into an all-purpose backyard, fit with a small putting green, grilling patio, half-court basketball, and outdoor living area.
This remodel was inspired by the client’s original desire to increase the flow and functionality of the floor plan, attending to simple details like the family’s tendency to enter through the rear of the home. Via the formal entrance, guests are greeted by an architectural staircase and an open floor plan that allows for sweeping views of the surrounding gardens. Through the skylight topped central stair, natural light filters down all three stories, connecting the home with sunlight from top to bottom.
A playroom on the Ground Level captures the playfulness and casual character of the home. A renovated top floor features four light filled bedrooms with newly vaulted ceilings and crisp white details, giving the home a modern, expanded feel and flow. Counterpointing this, the Dining and Family Rooms are accentuated with darker tones and gold accents– creating a formal feel in an otherwise casual dwelling. These spaces provide formal areas within the home, but also easily convert to family lounging spaces.
LOCATION San Francisco, California
Contractor: Upscale Construction
Landscape Design: Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Interior Design: Lisa Lougee
Structural Engineer: Sheerline Structural Engineer
Civil Engineer: Bay Area Land Surveying
Photographer: Suzanna Scott