Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Architect Jonathan Feldman increased the size of this urban San Francisco home not with additions but by connecting it to light, air, and the outdoors.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

For this project, architect Jonathan Feldman created a facade of clean lines and Mondrian-like geometry.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The new first-floor entry allows the home to engage with the street and "activates" the first floor, Feldman says. The home's exterior is stucco. Steel beams and glass create the corner window surrounding the interior stairwell. On the roof, Feldman installed a roof deck so the owners can enjoy views of San Francisco Bay.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Feldman and the client felt the bump outs and gables on this 1949 home were fussy add-ons. To fit the program of adding more space without increasing the footprint, these elements were removed creating clean lines and a modern style. The second-story entry was removed. A new entry is on the first floor.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The new dining room is front and center. The large window combined with the stair core surrounded by glass bring light and air into the home. Wall cut outs mirror the shapes on the window. This transom look is played out in various rooms.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The original dining room in this 1940 Mission-style single family home was in a dark back corner of the house. Feldman Architects made that area into a master bedroom. The new dining room is now in the front.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The only skylight in the home, this one covers the entire stair core. It slides open to provide access to the roof deck that overlooks the city and the bay. The stairs have painted steel stringers and guardrails with an oak handrail. The treads are 2 1/2- inch wide white oak to match the rest of the wood flooring.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The kitchen was relocated from an enclosed area at the back of the house to the corner. More wall space meant more windows (from Gerkin, Bonelli, www.bonelli.com) bringing in light and air.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Smooth lines and modern shapes are created by dark wood Italian cabinets from Scavolini (www.Scavolini.com), Bosch stainless appliances, a Thermador refrigerator, and a Caesarstone countertop.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

A recessed shower curtain track, flush in the ceiling, allows the bathroom to feel open and spa-like.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Once relegated as storage, the first floor now houses a bedroom/guest room, bathroom, family room, and study as well as the main entryway and garage. Sliding glass doors allow easy access to the new garden and give the room a larger appearance.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

La Cantina (www.lacantinadoors.com) sliding glass doors completely open, stack on the side, and don’t intrude on the floor plan or garden space. The yard is designed to be an outdoor room with seating, paving, and lush plantings.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The new first-floor bedroom was conceived as flexible space.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Landscape designer Loretta Gargan used large rectangular bluestone pavers to mirror window shapes and create a modern Mondrian-like effect. Planters offer privacy from neighbors as well as a pleasant view.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The new and easily accessible back garden created by landscape designer Loretta Gargan.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

The yard in the original house was uninviting and not easily accessible. Small windows didn't allow for much light and their shape made privacy difficult.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Original first and second floor plans.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

Proposed first and second floor plans.

Best of the Year, Whole-House Remodeling: Flexible Footprint

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