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This is a napkin drawing idea I have for a steep “tv dinner tray” type hillside home…  a simple white modernist box on powdercoated orange steel stilts… with huge powdercoated steel webbed feet on the bottom of each stilt, orange painted deck out front and two round blue glass windows.  It could be called birdHaus, duckhaus or maybe quackMod.  I have to build this someday… just to make people smile.  I call this style “storybook modern”.

Don’t worry… I’m not actually gonna build it…

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I like the look of this old storybook house in Cambria CA… mostly because of the really long green stained shingles.  It sure would be fun to restore.

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Here’s a few more spanish colonial revival details from downtown Carmel by the Sea.  Notice the haphazardness of the roof tiles in the first shot… coupled with the same roof tiles being used under the eave as arched details… also notice that the bricks are set at an angle under the eaves… for a tad more detail

 

The drain scupper off the upstairs balcony… is a single upside down roof tile.  Nice plaster work under that scupper too.  Beautifully stacked bricks make the balcony railing detail

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Here is the model for a small guest house we never built over our driveway in Santa Barbara … in the trees.    It was designed by Richard Warner.  Our house was up the hill just a tad.   Ignore the colors of the model… this was just a massing study built from misc left over foam core bits.  (that’s Richard… holding his hand on his head in the background!)

this is the view we would have seen of this structure from our house.

shots of the original main house.  a classic International Style house designed by Peter Edwards of Edwards and Pittman Architects in the 1950’s.

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A nicely done spanish colonial revival staircase in the Las Tiendas Building on Ocean Ave. in Carmel by the Sea, CA.  looks to be a 1920 era building.

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Here is a house in Santa Barbara made from Clinker Bricks… on a stone foundation.  Clinker bricks are the bricks that were on the outside of the stack when they fire up a bunch of bricks in the oven.  They are called clinkers because the “clink” more than regular bricks because they got closer to the fire and are harder than the bricks on the interior of the stack.  The best Clinkers are the deformed ones… ie the melted ones. They often melt together into clumps.  or they just twist and sag.  This house has a bunch of the clumping variety featured.  You don’t see many clinker brick houses anymore.  I have a huge stack of Clinkers I have been saving to build a fireplace out of.

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interesting brutalist modern bunker house I got a photo of recently.  It is concrete… with oxide red steel casement windows and a big steel roll up door.  BIG ocean views looking the other way… plus a nice old cypress tree.   zero landscape… just weeds and brush.  Hope they have radiant heat in there!  very masculine architecture… but still… you gotta kinda like it.

 

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Check out this trailer court in Holland… dang!  The trailers seem to be stacked on old containers set on end… with some I-Beams here and there.  Wow.   Good luck getting this one through your Community Development dept!     It becomes art basically at this point IMHO.  Probably not a great idea in a single family neighborhood though eh.

(repost from honestlywtf.com…  )

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A friend sent me the link to Benjamin Bullins art.  I particularly like this Bathroom sink he designed.

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My buddy Mark Mitchell sent me photos of this really amazing Pagoda House that is for sale in Santa Barbara for $1,495000.  It was built in 1910 and is at 707E Valerio Street on the Lower Riviera where it meets the upper east. What an interesting place.

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