Our Friends Michael and Iris are selling their house and that makes us quite sad... some recent work on the house bought me back to San Rafael where I was able to review some of the past work, get some new photographs, reflect on the work overall, and see how it's held up five years later.
The Laundry Area: This modificationgot a bit of press. In revisiting the home, a few things became apparent: (1) it was the right thing to do -- the machines that will fit there depth-wise are "condo sized" in the first place (smaller and lower) so having them on the platform makes sense and (2) the materials have held up quite well — I can't really find a scratch. As-is, most any counter-depth machine will fit and the height of the counter is very usable. The washer box is easily accessible should you need to turn off the water and the way the hoses (down below) and electrical lines (up above) run through the area makes it a very tidy space. Some additional design details like the aluminum trim under the counter and on the sides of the shelf (see pix below) and underlit shelves add to the style-element while the drywall backing adds additional file protection.
Every Eichler owner's nightmare is having one of the large glass panes break. There are also a lot of misconceptions involved in what it might take to replace one — from the forfeiture of a kidney to having to separate the large pane into several smaller panels... or worse: vinyl.
A broken window is likely every Eichler owner's nightmare...
Our friend Blaine is moving... this makes us sad. However, his spectacularly restored house is now for sale.
You might remember the house from way back. Blaine easily wins the award for bringing back the most in-need house to an absolutely stunning example of MCM architecture. Hopefully the new owners will keep the faith and be just as wonderful.
You can read about it on its own microsite... His agent also commissioned some very nice photos which you can check out. I've included a few below.
It was exciting to get the email from Dwell magazine about a pictorial of the house... and even more exciting to have a former student say "Hey, I saw your house!" (and send the pictures from the iPad version) before we ever got to see it in print.
4112 Phoenix Street is now for sale. It's a 4BR carport model which clocks in at about 1650sf with a one-car garage. It's on the market starting at $500K, but given the recent comps, it's anticipated to go a bit above that. Take a look! Also, feel free to check out the Flickr gallery which has higher-resolution images.
Shortly after purchasing a modern condo in West Oakland in 2001, we saw our first Roger Lee designed home in Kensington and it's always seemed like "the house that got away". We had the chance to visit another Roger Lee home today and were as impressed as we were the first time we saw one almost over 10 years ago... a somewhat small, but very livable 3-bedroom house with lots of neat workspaces and a killer view.
You can check the details at any number of sites, but I wanted to post some of the pictures from today's outing.
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Edit: Thanks to ApartmentTherapy.com for the feature.
We've had so many random projects that I've not been able to schedule an afternoon to take pictures of the nursery, but my friend Kelly (and her awesome pictures) motivated me to get out the camera. Also, Peter and Jenny needed a shot of a crib for a project they're working on, so here goes... Lots of high-res goodness if you click the shots and some detailed information below.
(1) There's a new baby (more on that eventually), and
(2) I'm now custom-making case-study-style shelving units (and selling them!*)
We love the look and functionality of the original Eames-designed ESU (Eames Storage Unit). When introduced, it was a practical, modular and affordable shelving option with a bit of whimsy and an industrial flair. Fast forward 50+ years and it's now relegated to design showrooms and is crazy expensive.
In the nursery, I needed a more shallow option — 12in deep as opposed to the 16in traditional depth. Plus, at almost $1500 delivered, it seemed a bit out of reach. So, of course we made our own.
In the same DIY and off-the-shelf ethos as the original Eames units, this is made with maple plywood cut and finished in my workshop and supported by aluminum legs — the latter, a bit of a refinement from the erector-set-like originals. The sides and back are walnut faced on one side and laquered on the reverse (red, gray and cream). This unit is 32in wide and 12in deep — a perfect fit for the space.
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This weekend, I'm at a working-retreat for my day job at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. It is pretty amazing. Designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, it's often called "the jewel of the desert"... and I was completely unaware of this space and its history.