Old Bernal House by Feldman Architecture

December 17, 2009

Feldman Architecture have done a contemporary redesign and expansion on an 1860’s cottage in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Full description after the photos….

Old Bernal House by Feldman Architecture

One of the oldest houses in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, this 1860’s cottage sat in disrepair for years and, at one point, was nearly condemned. Our charge was to repair, expand, and modernize the small, dark house while maintaining the rustic charm of the original building.

To accomplish this, we kept the façade and envelope of the existing structure and added a contemporary, but unobtrusive, addition – a narrow, ten-foot-wide wing that contains a garage, bedroom suite, and two studies. We cut away the roof and upper floor in the center of the house to create a central light core that washes a stone wall and illuminates the kitchen and living room.  Additionally, the second floor office is open to the study below. Two-story high bookshelves connect the stacked work spaces and are flanked by a double-height window wall. These windows and two oversized sliding doors create a strong connection to the backyard.

Other elements that contribute to the light and open feel of the house include thin metal handrails, exposed ceiling joists, and cantilevered wood stair treads.  The careful mixing of rough stone and wood with clean glass and metal breathes new life into the once-neglected structure.

Visit the Feldman Architecture website – here.