2023 Master Design Awards: Whole House More Than $700,000 — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Earth Bound Homes

San Jose, Calif.
Architect: Feldman Architects | feldmanarchitecture.com

Location: San Jose, Calif. | Square footage before: 4,580
Square footage after: 5,675 | Project cost: $4 million

An aging Ranch Style Home with excessive deferred maintenance sat upon an expansive corner lot with beautiful oak trees and an unkempt front and back yard. Single pane small windows with different styles and the home’s awkward angles and competing roof lines gave this home an unattractive and overly busy appearance. Much of the original foundation was re-used and tied into the new foundation where additional space was needed. The windows and old shake roof had numerous leaks, causing mildew and water damage.

By increasing the footprint of the home the team was able to remove the disjointed angles and create a home that is both beautiful and functional for our clients with symmetry and timeless beauty. The new standing seamed roof ensures a contemporary look, is energy efficient, and will be less likely to leak long-term due to the hidden fasteners under the roof seams. Light colored stucco covers the exterior envelope of the entire home, creating a sleek, elegant finish. Tall Fleetwood triple paned windows are sustainably made from recycled aluminum and flood the interior with light, while also providing expansive views to the outside. A slab entry door with large Fleetwood windows on each side ensure the entry is welcoming. Hidden shades ensure privacy. Half-walls leading up to the home, allow for a bit of privacy, and a seating area with right-sized chairs and table for their children’s tea parties or outdoor crafting.


Windows: Fleetwood
Casework: White Oak, custom stain
Plaster: Tadelakt

Counters and Hood: NeoLITH Fusion Series, silk finish
Kitchen appliances: Thermador

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