The Farm

A family home.

San Francisco, the city-county, is the most densely populated in California and the second-largest more densely populated city in the United States. Being the financial, cultural and transport centre of San Francisco’s Bay, it houses more than seven million people. There, The Farm was born, a project with the ambition of creating a contemporary, sustainable and functional home for a family, taking into account the constraints of construction in the urban area of San Francisco. The house, originally built in 1912, in brick and tile, in the Edwardian style, was situated on a large piece of land covered with vegetation. It, therefore, evoked the casual charm of an old New England tile house. And, as large plots of land, are a rarity in the city, the house was immediately given the explicit name of “The Farm”.

The clients, future inhabitants of The Farm, loved the character of the old house and wanted the rehabilitation to respect and maintain its original grace and charm. The Feldman Architecture studio’s project – in collaboration with the landscapers of the Ground Studio Landscape Architecture – respected the original design of the house, which remained practically unchanged, except for some bathrooms and kitchens from the 70s that underwent the necessary updates. Furthermore, the new design opened the plan: a new central staircase, illuminated by large skylights, now floods the house’s interiors with natural light. This has new French doors that offer generous connections to the yard. A wide range of sustainable resources, many of them subtly hidden, have been installed on the property and have reached the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum level.

The house also has advanced water and energy monitoring and all materials are of sustainable and non-toxic origin. The modification and careful rehabilitation of the original building to meet the needs of a modern family and the insertion of sustainable high-performance strategies have transformed The Farm into an elegant structure that fits, perfectly, the historic – but promising – city of San Francisco.

Matthew Millman

Feldman Architecture
Ground Studio Landscape Architecture

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