Habitat 15 by Predock_Frane Architects

December 14, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Architecture Around the World, Modern Design · Comment 

Predock_Frane Architects nailed this one on the head.  I’m such a sucker for anything white that some might discredit my opinion, but these condos have won the 2009 AIA Design Honor Award and the 2010 Westside Urban Forum Award.  They’re located in West Hollywood and it looks like there are only 3 units left- between $600,000 and $750,000- so if you like them, you better get a move on it.  More info at Habitat15.com.

290 Square Feet for 5 Large

July 17, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · 1 Comment 

CPM Construcciones Prefabricadas has created a prefab house that costs only $5,000.  I wish I could say I knew any more, but I’m pretty impressed.  Some of the windows are even shaped and spaced differently- like it’s actually been designed.  CPM is based out of Bogota, Colombia, but there’s room for more stuff like this here in the states.

Floor Plan Websites

April 3, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

photo via eplans.com

Buying a set of floor plans off of the internet is one of the least expensive way to get your house designed.  Of course, the logistics of making it personal, working with a tricky lot, and adjusting the size of anything get really ugly.  You can search the internet for about 20 minutes and get access to about 75,000 floor plans.  It’s pretty safe to assume that some of these are duplicates, but who really has the time to look through 75,000 plans??  The websites that I’m referring to are nationally advertising companies, but locally there are probably a few options as well.  A few years ago I worked for an architect named James Carroll, and he has a similar idea on his website.  So if you’re one of the lucky few who is planning on building a house in the near future, if you can find what you want, internet plans are a good way to go.  For a few examples check out:  eplans.comhouseplans.com (though not spectacular houseplans.com has the best “contemporary” grouping I could find) – thehousedesigners.com