dwell on design home tours
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we got to check out the Dwell East Side Home tours this weekend and were really impressed. The West Side tour is this weekend, and there’s one coming up in San Diego, too. All info here for the house tours, … Continue reading →
we got to check out the Dwell East Side Home tours this weekend and were really impressed. The West Side tour is this weekend, and there’s one coming up in San Diego, too. All info here for the house tours, and here for Dwell on Design 2012, which starts this Friday!
We started the tour with an amazingly and lovingly renovated modern house in San Marino. In future posts we’ll be sharing more details from this and the other houses that we liked and might want to incorporate in our house.
it was really impressive.
next, we headed over to a house in Pasadena where a small cottage house had a large and very contemporary addition added to the back of the house. I liked the back addition in general, and it helped divide areas of use in the backyard in a cool way: but the experience of being in the house was extremely jarring. It actually made me nervous. I feel like by doing an addition in such an aggressively contemporary way, the owners and architects were saying that they made that design decision because it was the right way to do things. By not incorporating some of the important elements of this addition (large open windows, higher ceilings, skylights) in the old house by knocking out a wall? changing out a couple windows? adding a skylight? it made the old house feel cramped and tiny and…old. I totally get that its super post modern: but, obviously I hate post modernism, so eh.
then we headed to Echo Park to see a house built on Rosemont. I liked the facade, but after touring the home this seemed like a weird choice.
The house was designed and built by the owner, and while I’m all for taking on challenges and DIY, there are reasons there are architects, designers, surgeons, models, NBA players, etc: professionals have been trained to do a better job than we do when we try to do their jobs. The house was very dark due to window placement and laid out in a way that was simple, but not intuitive. There were also cracks in the exterior and interior walls.
here i am making a little bratty face. there was nice light in the hallway/stairwell.
The last house we visited, the Eel’s Nest on a tiny, alley-esque one way street in Echo Park was the most exciting house to me, and Exhibit A on why you should hire an architect. The tiny lot meant that this house rises 3-4 stories, with small rooms and a simple plan. But by playing with gradation, using built-ins and a great eye, the spaces feel much larger, are filled with light and in general, blew me away. The space is by Anonymous Architects, and you can see more of their projects here.