FORMA’s Winter recap
328 Cumberland Hard Hat Tour with Da Vinci Marble
Last month FORMA and Da Vinci Marble hosted a wonderful evening touring one of our newest projects under construction, 328 Cumberland, with Interior Design by Geoffrey Desousa and Architecture by Hood Thomas Architects.
328 Cumberland is one of FORMA’s newest residential projects under construction, a 4,300 square-foot total gut renovation perched at the top of Noe Valley with 360-degree views of San Francisco. This is no ordinary remodel, the structure required extensive foundation work before we could even begin renovating the house itself.
One of the most important pieces of renovating a home is starting with the foundation.
In San Francisco, clay soils experience drying and shrinking due to droughts, heavy rainfalls, and poor drainage, among other reasons. In addition, soil loses its stiffness when an earthquake happens, a common issue in San Francisco.
To prepare this home for the next century, our team performed the following upgrades over the course of an 11-month period:
- Total soil removal 650 Cubic yards/ Around 80 big rig trucks
- 21 Piles drilled at 40/50 feet deep
- 26 Piers drilled at 25 feet deep
- 300 Cubic yards of concrete
- 1,880 feet of embedded steel soldier beams along the perimeter
Burlingame Residence with Kari McIntosh featured in AD Middle East
FORMA worked with Designer Kari McIntosh to add period charm to this bland 4,000-square-foot property in San Francisco. This Spanish Revival Style home is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in a historic neighborhood that was first developed in the early 1920s, although it was newly built in the 1990s and then fully gutted in 2020. Layers of history remain, however: the property sits on the century-old foundation walls of a long-gone convent; two mature oaks and a palm in the garden are the only visible remnants from that time.
Kari describes the finished decor scheme as “elegant and textural, with elements of grace and glamour.” Read the full article in Architectural Digest Middle East.
Wraparound House featured in Interior Design Magazine
For a 1930s Spanish Revival home in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco—once a landfill—FORMA and Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW) worked from the ground up. First, the team excavated several feet of contaminated soil (likely from an early 20th-century gas plant that once operated there). Though challenging, this allowed them to modernize the home’s foundation and redistribute load-bearing walls throughout.