Feldman Architecture and Kendall Wilkinson Design Create A Modern Barn Oasis


It’s a typical Bay Area story. A couple falls in love with an exquisite site covered in native coastal oaks and its simple, barn style house– and task a team of design professionals to transform it. In this case, the husband is a VC who often works from home, the wife is a chef and avid entertainer. The couple has two young daughters, and above all they sought a sense of “coming home”.

The Team: A project of this scale requires outstanding professionals– architecture by Feldman Architecture, interior design by Kendall Wilkinson Design,  landscape by Arterra Landscape Architects, and general contractor Clarum Homes.

Spaces flow off a soaring central hall, dominated by an immense Serge Mouille spider pendant.

In the warmly muted living/dining room, Pacific by Richard Misrach hangs over the sofa– the polymath husband is an avid collector of contemporary art.

Barn-sized and open to the outdoors, the kitchen is large enough to entertain a crowd, but right-sized for the wife to cook and watch her daughters.

Across the central entry hall and downstairs, a huge entertaining space gives new dimension to the term “finished basement” with a media area and pool table. The bar is flanked by Threshold, a series of wall sculptures by Sanaz Mazinani. And for a place to rock out, there’s an acoustically isolated music room with the husband’s collection of guitars.

The master suite is subtly muted, emphasizing the landscape outside; Heath tiles in the spa bath respect the site’s unique, sometimes foggy terroir.

oWhat We Love: Every surface is perfectly thought out and immaculately finished, whether rough or smooth. And without being derivative in the least, the entire project looks back to the work of architect William Wurster– houses that were elegant yet completely livable, with a profound respect for materials and craftsmanship, and always firmly rooted in a uniquely California aesthetic.

Photo Credit: Paul Dyer