Sunday, July 12, 2009

KC MODERN: Bricks Still Rock My World

KC Modern is my favorite architectural blog for modest modern homes. This house is going straight to my idea/wish list file. I love brick, floating pavers in black pebbles, lots of glass and wood. I love the Kemper Home and the architect William S. Beckett!
Check out the KC Modern Flickr set on the house.

Garage Door Replacement with Recycled Windows

Our garage has two garage doors, a roll up faces the street and this one faces the yard. We love to swing open the inside door and enjoy the breeze, the view and a drink. But as a work space, it doesn't work. It has no natural light at all. I have a desk in there, the printer and my sewing machine. I only like to work in there with one of the garage doors open which is completely impractical. What is an easy low cost solution?

My parents are extending their kitchen and have six perfectly good windows that are looking for a new home! Yay!
It was my husband's idea to replace the inside garage door with the windows. I want to have a half wall for the machine and desks so we can still enjoy the breeze and view while working. We might even be able to get a car in there!
We will repeat the siding that is on the front of the house so it matches. Check out my inspiration Mel Bombardiere (here)!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Shape of Things to Come and Go

After attending a beautiful wedding ceremony of family friends on the cliffs of Palos Verdes, my eyes fell on this house. The configuration of new sight lines with flags warn of things to come. This house has obvious challenges. The concrete patio and over hangs might have cracks all over them. The hillside might actually be unstable and falling away. The view from this house is spectacular. On this afternoon, the shimmering Pacific Ocean is only offset by a beautiful single story church of modest size. Losing Modernist architecture is always tough!
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