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by Marshall Mayer last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:39 AM
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These blogs are about the process of actually building a modern, sustainable home (or renovating a home if a building permit is required).



 

 


dancing with architecture: Sonoma, California

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 23, 2017 01:06 AM
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Was out in Sonoma County for a water meeting a few weeks ago. Didn't have time to get out and gawk at too much, but I did go on a field trip to googoo eye watery things.First stop was the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab to learn about ocean monitoring and [...]

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buy low, sell high (or: timing [and dumb luck] is everything)

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 22, 2017 01:02 AM
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Median home listing price in 78757 for three bedroom single-family detached homesWe were fortunate, in part by evil plan and in part by dumb luck, when we built our house. We purposefully bought a lot in the dark shadow of the banking crisis hoping [...]

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Modern won't work so well after the apocalypse

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 22, 2017 01:06 AM
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Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth HouseWhen thinking about building a cabin in the distant mountains, we sometimes wonder about designing a post-apocalyptic retreat. Yeah, yeah: sounds crazy. But have you been watching the news lately? One concern is an [...]

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dancing with architecture: Mountainair, New Mexico (with a side of Socorro, Luis Lopez, and San Antonio)

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 16, 2017 01:06 AM
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We were in Nuevo Mexico a couple weeks ago to close on the bride's parents' house and, enjoying back roads, we stopped in to gawk at the Salt Missions and various sites along the way.The Salt Missions, scattered in the highlands about Mountainair, are so [...]

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recent art acquisitions

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 13, 2017 01:03 AM
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We've made several art acquisitions over the past few months, including the one above that we placed in the master bathroom. We'd been thinking of placing something arty over the tub, but it's a difficult location (bathroom over a tub). We went to the art [...]

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graffiti walk: Denver, Colorado

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 09, 2017 01:06 AM
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After a night of cold and hot sweats--so bad I couldn't get up to turn the lights off in my room--I thought for sure I'd be spending the weekend in Colorado nursing myself back to health or getting buried (and, no, my illness was not from [...]

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dancing with architecture: I.M. Pei in Boulder, Colorado

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jul 02, 2017 01:06 AM
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I was able to finally stop in at I.M. Pei's stunning Brutalism for the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Laboratory. Shoehorned into the foothills above Boulder, Colorado, it's a gorgeous setting for a gorgeous set of buildings.Pei designed [...]

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dancing with architecture: longmont, colorado

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jun 19, 2017 01:06 AM
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Working my way back to the airport, I stopped in to visit Prospect New Town, a New Urbanist project in Longmont, Colorado. I first read about the development in Karrie Jacob's "The Perfect $100,000 House". It's a neat development with mixed use, neighbor [...]

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dancing with architecture: aspen, colorado!

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jun 16, 2017 01:07 AM
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A scene outside of Leadville.I traveled to Aspen (water, water, water...) with no idea that this mountain town of ~6,600 has a rich history of Modern architecture. Now it ain't Los Angeles' Silver Lake or Stuttgart's Weissenhof, but for a small town four [...]

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most beautiful city halls in the US (hint: austin has one!)

by bubba of the bubbles (noreply@blogger.com) from austin cubed  (build blog) — Jun 11, 2017 01:06 AM
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Austin City HallCurbed post the ten most beautiful city halls in the US and included Antoine Predock's Austin city hall as well as I.M. Pei's Brutalist Dallas city hall. Nice! Need to check out Boston's Brutalist hall as well as Richard Meier's work in [...]

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