Ferris Beuller House Price Reduced

January 10, 2011 · Posted in Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

Cameron’s house on Ferris Beuller’s Day Off could be yours for $1.65M.  “Designed by notable architects A. James Speyer and David Haid.”  Thanks for the tip Nate!

Curved and Corner Windows

December 22, 2010 · Posted in Modern Design · 4 Comments 

Here are some quick examples curved glass and corner windows.  Though I believe special window treatment can add a really nice touch to a modern home, I think caution and detail must be the rule of thumb.  A house can look out-dated almost immediately if trendy or poor window detail is used.  I think I prefer the corner windows to the curved, in the end.

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.

Velux No Leak Skylights

December 10, 2010 · Posted in Modern Construction, Modern Design · Comment 

The deck mounted product family of skylights from Velux is now designated The No Leak Skylight. In addition to the three layers of water protection the skylights now feature LoE3, Argon gas injected dual glass panes for improved solar heat gain performance and money saving pre-finished white frames and sashes.  Velux is promising no leaks or worries and offers a ten-year installation warranty plus 20 years on the glass.  The skylights are available with electrical venting or manual venting or they can be fixed.  Additionally there are accessories available such as blinds, screens, controls and security locks. These skylights are great for all climate regions of the US and impact glazing is available for hurricane-prone areas.

Velux USA

Very cool picture.  This whole post has been pirated from Materials and Sources.

Throwback Thursday: Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II

November 11, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

In 1958 Edith Hooper made one of the best decisions of her life.  I speak specifically about her decision to build a 7,800 sq. ft. house for $150,000 (just over $19/sq. ft.), and with Marcel Breuer at the helm it was bound to be good-looking too.  The house was featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1961, and was recently published in Dwell with its new owner.  Thank you Bauhaus and Marcel Breuer for a beautiful and unique house in Baltimore, Maryland.

Residential Architect's Half-Bridge House

October 29, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Modern Construction, Modern Design · Comment 

Form follows function. Right. But what inspires a building whose functions include simulated flight? Architect Warren Schwartz credits a sunrise visit to the rim of the Grand Canyon—and a later dream about the experience—as the seed for the Berkshire mountains summer house he shares with his wife, violinist Sheila Fiekowsky. Schwartz, who is in the habit of doodling while his wife fiddles, worked out the basic concept during Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts.

‘Nough said.  Read the whole article at Residential Architect’s website, and check out Mr. Schwartz’s website for more fantastic pictures.

Odos Architects' Dwelling at Maytree

October 26, 2010 · Posted in Architects · Comment 

Project Description:
Set at the foot of a steep escarpment in the wicklow hills, this house, with it’s elevated living accommodation, allows the fluidity of the surrounding landscape remain uninterupted, whilst also giving the occupant a raised vantage point from which to engage with nature.

That quote is taken from Odos’ website, and I couldn’t love the vocabulary more.  “Escarpment,” “Wicklow,” and “whilst” mean that you’re not talking to an American.  But what a beautiful house.  I love the fireplace because it’s been left so clean, and the windows are top-notch.  I have to admit, the Transformers aren’t a bad touch either.

GH3 Architects of Toronto

October 18, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Architecture Around the World, Modern Design · Comment 

Time Lapse of Azure Magazine’s Cover Shoot, Jan/Feb 2010 issue. from Finn O’Hara on Vimeo.

I’ve been trying to contact GH3 to do a post of their Photographer’s Studio Over a Boathouse because I want one of those really bad, but they don’t seem to like me much.  So I’m posting on the next best thing: their House 60.  The cover shot of Azure Magazine turned out so beautiful, the furniture is worth posting about in itself and maybe someday soon you’ll see some great shots of their Studio Over a Boathouse.

Passive House Windows Part II

October 13, 2010 · Posted in Modern Construction · Comment 

I have some corrections to make about yesterday’s post.  Apparently, there are two ways to calculate the u-factor, and the values that I was looking at yesterday for AMSCO windows were calculated the easy way.  The U-factor in the graphs(taken from Energy Star’s website) above is also calculated using that method.  SO… some of the AMSCO windows would qualify to be Energy Star rated, but would not qualify for Passive House standards.  The U-value calculated using Btu’s has to be around .15, or so, to qualify for Passive Housing.  I did find two companies, and I’m sure there are more, that have windows that do qualify for Passive House standards: Serious Windows and Thermotech.  This is all a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo for most of us, tomorrow I promise to have pics of some pretty architecture.  But if you’re looking for more info check out this and this.

Passive House Windows

October 12, 2010 · Posted in Modern Construction · Comment 

Recently, I’ve been wondering how hard it is to build a house that qualifies for Passive House standards.  I’m only looking at windows today, but the goal u-value is < .8.  So I looked at a local manufacturer of window’s website and that doesn’t seem too unreasonable.  In fact, AMSCO windows didn’t have one window above .5 (the lower the u-value the better).  I’ll have to keep checking the standards out (hopefully, I’m understanding all of the numbers right), but I’m encouraged that the Passive House standard might be possible to attain.  For a local Passive House here in SLC check out OurPassiveHouse.org.

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