The Shack is a residential project in California designed by architect Jonathan Feldman’s San Francisco, California based residential design practice Feldman Architecture. Lovingly coined ‘the Shack,” this jewel-like cottage is an escape from City life for a busy San Francisco couple.
The existing home was composed of low ceilings and partition walls creating dark spaces. However, the home held the potential for beautiful mountain views and if one looked carefully, hints of character and charmed emerged.
Rare old growth redwood siding of the original home and a Sonoma stone fireplace were both maintained as prominent features of the renovation. The original Douglas Fir ceilings were revealed as the sloped roof was opened up and inspired the use of reclaimed, local woods for the mantel, floors and interior doors.
These woods warm the interiors and compliment the views to the gardens and Mount Baldybeyond. The kitchen and living room were opened up to an outdoor seating and dining area.
Given the limited space and the open views from the living room, the kitchen cabinets were planned down to the details, much like a ship’s galley. The bathroom was brightened with a large translucent window and light porcelain tiles.
Landscape Design: Loretta Gargan Landscape + Design
Contractor: Joe Doerr Construction
Reclaimed Woods: Paul Discoe of Live Edge
Lighting Design: H.E. Banks & Associates Lighting Design
Custom Cabinetry: Cracker Jack Arts
Photography: Mark Dessert
Jonathan Feldman, AIA, Principal of Feldman Architecture, was born in Connecticut and grew up in Palo Alto, CA. He earned a liberal arts degree from Amherst College, majoring in Astronomy and English, and explored a career in filmmaking and worked as a carpenter prior to pursuing architecture. Feldman received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon where he took advantage of the program’s strong focus on sustainable design (as well as Northwest’s spectacular mountains and back-country). After earning his degree he returned to San Francisco, where he now resides with his wife and their two daughters. A licensed architect in the state of California and Massachusetts, Feldman speaks frequently as an expert on architecture and sustainable design and has appeared on panels such as “Creating a Sustainable Environment in the Preserve” presented at the Santa Lucia Preserve, “Modernizing the Classic Ranch House: An Architect’s Perspective” presented at Design within Reach, and “Streamline Online: How the Internet Can Improve Your Client Services” presented with Dwell, Remodelista and the AIA San Francisco. Feldman has also served on competition juries including the AIA Monterey Bay Design Awards and the Remodeling Magazine Design Awards.
Feldman Architecture is an award-winning residential design practice recognized for creating warm, light-filled spaces that are site-sensitive and carefully detailed. Highly collaborative in nature, the firm approaches design as a dialogue between client, design team and site. Each project is an opportunity to create an innovative solution that is relevant to the project environs and tailored to a clients’ specific needs. The studio’s culture is also informal and non-hierarchical; members of the small firm work with clients in an engaging, shared process to find smart and sustainable solutions. Closely guiding projects from design through construction, designers and project managers are deeply involved in research and probing the parameters of a project. Strong alliances with consultants, builders and artisans contribute to carefully informed design decisions and result in fully realized projects with conceptual clarity and precise detailing. Feldman Architecture staff currently includes Jonathan Feldman, Aaron Lim, Brett Moyer, Bridgett Shank, Caroline Arpa, Dora Chan, Elaine Uang, Hannah Brown, Jessica Stuenkel, Kevin Barden, Lindsey Theobald, Matthew Laughlin, Taisuke Ikegami, and Christopher Kurrle.