In 1948, a $10,000 budget wrangled Arnold Friedmand an authentic, custom Frank Lloyd Wright original design featuring 4-bedrooms, 3-baths, a service wing and stable, fronting the Pecos River in New Mexico. Accordingly, this was above the average new-home sales price of approximately* $7700. 1948 also introduced Americans to the 'pre-fab' home, accommodating to the demands of a post-war housing shortage.
The Weitzer family hoteliers are among the finest in the World. Their newest addition, Hotel Daniel in Vienna, has a boat & a bee garden on the roof, a trailer in their urban garden, and a hammock in your hotel room. They call it smart luxury. I call it perfection.
Read more about the Weitzer Family hotel legacy by clicking this link. Weitzer History PDF
I spend a great deal of time researching schools for my 2 year old son, Hank. He's smart. I'm a good Mom. Anyway, I came across this Gluck masterpiece, an independent not-for-profit school "that recruits students from low-income families in East Harlem" and "provides scholarships for all enrolled students".
Plus, the architecture is impressively thoughtful.
Artspace is opening live/work loft spaces for artists (and their families) at exceptionally reasonable prices NEXT MONTH in Minot, North Dakota. This brandy-new state-of-the-art facility is now accepting rental applicants and if you know Artspace, you know they fill quickly.
Did I mention 1-bedroom units start at $267/month?
Oh, Miss Molly! You're so fetching!
Molly Clark, graduate of University of Texas's fashion merchandising program overhauled a '73 'stream into a dream. The before and after photos are posted below, circa 2010. She's since moved into a larger, non-mobile store (sigh). But, her transformation will not be forgotten.
Commissioned to stark architect Edward Stone in 1957 for Bruno and Josephine Graf in Dallas, Texas.
"Another current fad in these individual dwellings, which I decry, is the so-called ranch house. This rage for informality in American life, I believe, is a lame excuse for laziness. It’s obviously easier to feed the children hamburgers in the back yard in the manner of ranch hands from a chuck wagon than it is to have them sit at a table where they might conceivably acquire some dignity, manners and grace.” -- Edward Durell Stone, 1962
I love people who build their own homes. I love people ever more when they build a 196 square foot home carefully crafted to fit their beloved books. It is for sale because they want to buy a piece of land and build themselves a 120 square foot house!
"This 2,500 sq ft Marmol Radziner prefab home was built for an active couple on a 100-acre site outside of Moab, Utah. The site is surrounded by BLM land, which means uninterrupted views of the spectacular red rock desert landscape. The goal with the design was to blend indoor and outdoor living spaces with the help of expansive decks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open floor plan.
The home is made up of 15 modules that were constructed in their own
factory in California before being shipped to the site in Utah. The
modules arrived on site with pre-installed solar panels, windows, doors,
and cabinetry. Upon arrival, the modules were installed, sealed and
hooked up to utilities. The home is praised for its connection with the
outdoors, use of energy efficient low-e windows, daylighting, Energy
Star appliances, and use of sustainable materials inside as per all of
Marmol Radziner’s prefab homes." -Inhabitat
I'm a big fan of teeny tiny houses hand-made with locally-salvaged materials. This one is particularly tiny, but with five acres & that view, you could always add an addition.
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