When the future owners of this small house hidden away in the town of Ross, California, discovered it, the home had ceilings that were so low you could reach up and touch them, dark corners, and it had generally seen better days. But seeing hints of charm in the rustic structure, they started peeling away at the ceilings to find rare old-growth Douglas fir and exterior planking made from old-growth redwood. With the help of Feldman Architecture the couple fixed up the home (which they've dubbed "The Shack") and added a second floor, using reclaimed wood to add new warm accents to the interior.
The Shack was included in the slate of homes that were opened to the public as part of the 2013 Marin Living: Home Tours, which was hosted by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design. The home was originally a 690-square-foot in-law house that was part of a larger property that has since been subdivided. During the first phase of renovation, the owners stripped away a false ceiling to reveal the original sloped Douglas fir ceilings in what is now the first floor.
The Douglas fir ceilings weren’t the only wood treasure the owners found in The Shack; they also discovered rare old-growth redwood siding on the original home, which restored and maintained in the home. The first floor of the home also features a fireplace made from Sonoma stone. The owners used wood from a naturally-felled black acacia tree from Berkeley to make a new mantel. And they also used local elm wood for the floors, and they used a fallen Monterey cypress from Golden Gate Park to make one of the doors.
In the second phase of the project, Feldman Architecture added a second floor to the original structure, which includes a master bedroom, an attached bathroom, and a small balcony. The new bedroom enjoys gorgeous views of the forested hills leading up to Mt. Tamalpais. The second phase also included the addition of a new garage with a green roof, and a swimming pool. One of the owners of the home is Loretta Gargan, principal of Loretta Gargan Landscape + Design, and her handiwork can be seen in the impressive gardens surrounding the home.