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Introduce yourself.

Posted by Creede Fitch at August 19. 2005

Well, I must say I had no idea that we were going to get our own geographic forum here, but I am thrilled. I am curious to see how many of us there really are. So, lets make this the official introduce yourself post, so we can all get to know eachother. I guess that means I'll go first.

My name is Creede, I am a Utah native, I actually grew up in Logan, but I have been living in SLC for a little over a year. My wife and I were renting an apartment over in the Avenues, but we just bought a humble little house in Sugarhouse. We searced all over for land somewhere central to the city, but for those of you who have looked, you know there is none. We considered Emmigration, (Where brents house is, the one featured in dwell) but we really couldn't afford it, and wanted to be more central. So, here we are in Sugarhouse. Our home is wood frame, 700 square feet, on a long skinny .11 acres. Luckily its pretty much a blank canvas, and we are currently having drawings made for a 500 square foot addition. We are die hard modernists on a very limited budget, but we are excited to get involved. In fact these board inspired me to start http://www.grassrootsmodern.com a website focused on affordable modernism. I am currently working as a nurse at LDS Hospital in the ICU, but I am looking for a new job as a drafter/designer. I am planning on starting BYU's industrial design program in the spring.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Brad Woods at October 21. 2005

I'll jump in here and say hello. My name is Brad and I live in Orem. I recently graduated from the BYU ID program and am now working here in Orem doing product development. I love modernism as well, being the designer that I am, and I too am glad to see a few others around. Best of luck to you creede in the ID program.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Johnny Maw at June 13. 2006

My name is Johnny. Classic italian scooters first pulled me into modern design, so I thought. My dad was an architect at his pinnacle in the 60s and 70s, and it took me a while to realize just how much of this was rubbing off on me. Bogged down by licensing, standards and the direction of design, he recommended highly that I not follow in his footsteps. Like any movement, I think the wonderful design surge emerging is a response to conditions like these that have prevailed over the last 3 decades. A little affluenza to top it off and a whole new breed of architectural design and implementation has found some solid roots.
I just finished my MBA program, and I am conceptualizing a prefab company as my entrance back into design and architecture. I have a couple of years of drafting work behind me, and a fine arts major as well, but that has little to do with my prefab ambitions. Prefab design and implementation is failing for a few simple reasons, the most important of which (sorry you architects out there) being that the essence of prefab design is to commoditize modern architecture, moving proper design from a bleeding edge standpoint (both monetary and design) towards a more accessible user base. Prefab design however has remained inaccessible to the masses in spite of the efficiencies that have been achieved in both design and fabrication. Everything moves from luxury to commodity, and you can either accept it, or turn a cheek and watch the market blow past you. Track home builders are shameless in their construction and design, and I think there is a wonderful opportunity for a modern revolution right now.
Anyway, stepping back down from the soap box...I still ride Vespas and Lambrettas. I collect old rare scooters from the 50s through the 60s. There is a yahoo group out there called utahscooterscene if you are interested. you can also go to scoot.net (chat) for more information on the local scene. Bohemian Brewery has an excellent collection for viewing on about state (1 block east of state) and fort union BLVD and some wonderful Czech style beer as well.
I am just beginning a re-design of my sugarhouse rambler with lots of bamboo, a courtyard, a host of low-e windows some new siding TBD, as well as some other minor changes. I am making my way through some Eichler books for inspiration-it is in the middle of a very geriatric area. In two years the house has appreciated over 50%, so I can no longer afford to sell like I had originally planned! I am also negotiating for a small piece of property in sugarhouse with a little teardown on it. I have already begun the design for a very clean 1200 sq ft footprint on the lot. I am having a lot of fun with the design, and it may be my first experiment in prefab design and construction.
I look forward to connecting with the modern community.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Creede Fitch at June 15. 2006

Classic Vibe,

Welcome to livemodern. It sounds like you are doing a very similar project to mine. I live in sugarhood, 800 E 2200 S area, and we are just getting ready to do an addition with a courtyard, bamboo floors, 1200 square feet total. I'm just looking for a good GC now, and kicking around the idea of doing it myself. Check out my blog here at livemodern, or a my website http://www.grassrootsmodern.com for details. I would love to hear more about your project too. Do share.

Creede

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at October 31. 2006

Hello Utah Modernists!

I am posting from Boise, Idaho. My husband and I have a company called Modern Home Company. He is an architect and I am his biggest fan. We are both true modernists. We design and build modern homes. We also renovate mid-century houses. We have 3 children who have always lived in modern spaces.

My husband received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Utah, so we love Salt Lake City! (We lived in the avenues.) Boise is gaining its share of modernists, too. My husband posted our most recent renovation in another area of this geographic forum. If you want to see one of the best examples of mid-century modern architecture, check it out.

Hope to see lots of new modern structurs in Salt Lake the next time we visit. Also, the Sugarhouse live/work development sounds fabulous. Good luck with it.

Jacque
Boise, Idaho

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by RJ R at February 28. 2007

Does your company have a website? I'd love to see some of the homes you've built.

Previously Jacqueline McArthur wrote:



Hello Utah Modernists!

I am posting from Boise, Idaho. My husband and I have a company called Modern Home Company. He is an architect and I am his biggest fan. We are both true modernists. We design and build modern homes. We also renovate mid-century houses. We have 3 children who have always lived in modern spaces.

My husband received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Utah, so we love Salt Lake City! (We lived in the avenues.) Boise is gaining its share of modernists, too. My husband posted our most recent renovation in another area of this geographic forum. If you want to see one of the best examples of mid-century modern architecture, check it out.

Hope to see lots of new modern structurs in Salt Lake the next time we visit. Also, the Sugarhouse live/work development sounds fabulous. Good luck with it.

Jacque
Boise, Idaho



Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at March 07. 2007

We do not currently have a web site.  But I could email some photos.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Gregory La Vardera at March 07. 2007
If you are signed up as a member on LiveModern you can use your account here to upload photos and put them on a web page. Not much, but a start to a web site, and LiveModern members could see the pictures.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at March 07. 2007

I will do that tonight.  Thanks!

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at March 07. 2007

Modern Prairie Kitchen

Here's a test. Hope it works!

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at March 14. 2007

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by britt bogle at April 06. 2007

i am looking to move to SLC in the next few months.  I hate the thought of a cookie cutter.  Are there any mid century singles, modern town homes, etc. within 30-45 mintues of the city center that are not 300K and up?  I lived in Denver for four years and although most of the wanted neighborhoods are in the 300-400K range there are some up and coming ones that you can get into a mid 50's mod for 200K and less.  Any suggestions for SLC- other than stay in Denver :).   Thanks

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by brent jespersen at April 08. 2007
britt there are some decent 50s trac houses in a variety of neighborhoods. that price range is tough. i'd check out those neighborhoods that were developed in the 50s. i think there would be some in rose park and other outlying areas. for that higher range try capitol hill, mid aves, above foothill, mt. olympus fixer uppers brent

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by carina at May 29. 2007

I can't believe I haven't introduced myself since I've been browsing this forum for the better part of two years.  I'm Carina and I'm obsessed with both the modern and mid-century modern ethos.  I semi-maintain a blog on mid-century design in Utah.  I have been focused on documenting some of the great mid-century homes in Utah County.  Creede and I have connected before over at his grass roots modern website. 

Since mid-century homes are still available in the Provo-Orem area for under 300, a precious few in the upper 180s-lower 200s, we're hoping to purchase a modern pad and renovate it.   If anyone has any recommendations on designers that will work down in Utah County, let me know. 

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by brent jespersen at June 01. 2007

Previously carina wrote:


><p>I can't believe I haven't introduced myself since I've been browsing this forum for the better part of two years.  I'm Carina and I'm obsessed with both the modern and mid-century modern ethos.  I semi-maintain a blog on <a href="http:/midcenturyutah.blogspot.com/">mid-century design in Utah.  I have been focused on documenting some of the great mid-century homes in Utah County.  Creede and I have connected before over at his grass roots modern website. 


><p>Since mid-century homes are still available in the Provo-Orem area for under 300, a precious few in the upper 180s-lower 200s, we're hoping to purchase a modern pad and renovate it.   If anyone has any recommendations on designers that will work down in Utah County, let me know. <p>
><blockquote>

i will do work in utah county. please call me to discuss. 801.918.0111 brent

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Mony Ty at June 02. 2007

Previously britt bogle wrote:


><p>i am looking to move to SLC in the next few months.  I hate the thought of a cookie cutter.  Are there any mid century singles, modern town homes, etc. within 30-45 mintues of the city center that are not 300K and up?  I lived in Denver for four years and although most of the wanted neighborhoods are in the 300-400K range there are some up and coming ones that you can get into a mid 50's mod for 200K and less.  Any suggestions for SLC- other than stay in Denver <img src="smiley_smile.png" alt=":)" title="Smile" >.   Thanks


><blockquote>

I am a Realtor that specialize mid-century and today modern, catalog over 1000 homes in Salt Lake during the last four years.There are many great homes in the Salt Lake Valley, from the Ron Molen subdivision built during the 70's in West Valley ($175-225,000) to the Ed Dreier homes on the east bench ($1-3 millions) I have taken Realtor for California, Arizona and Chicago and they are amaze by the selection of great homes we have here. If you are interesting in finding your next home give me a call 801.550.7430 or email me at x2mony@hotmail.com

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Geoff Tice at June 08. 2007
Just thought I would introduce myself since I'm in the middle of my first modern remodel in Cottonwood Heights. I'm trying to do most of it myself and we'll see how it goes. It will be sad to move out of our 1959 home by the U, but it's getting too small.

Anyways, a big adventure for this remodel has been working direct with manufacturers in China for flooring, glass mosaic tile, bathroom vanities, basins, fixtures, furniture, etc. It's been a learning process. We'll see what the quality is like once it arrives. If it works out well, I'd be interested in doing a bulk order with a bunch of Utah Modernists. The manufacturers usually like to have larger orders.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Dana Johnson at June 12. 2007

 

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacqueline McArthur at September 13. 2007

OK, so here is a tour of our current home, will give you an idea of what we do.

http://www.obeo.com/Public/Viewer/Default.aspx?ID=409200&refurl=https%3a%2f%2finternal.cwinsider.com%2fcwi%2fblankbody1.htm

 

Previously RJ R wrote:


Does your company have a website? I'd love to see some of the homes you've built.


Previously Jacqueline McArthur wrote:





Hello Utah Modernists!



I am posting from Boise, Idaho. My husband and I have a company called Modern Home Company. He is an architect and I am his biggest fan. We are both true modernists. We design and build modern homes. We also renovate mid-century houses. We have 3 children who have always lived in modern spaces.



My husband received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Utah, so we love Salt Lake City! (We lived in the avenues.) Boise is gaining its share of modernists, too. My husband posted our most recent renovation in another area of this geographic forum. If you want to see one of the best examples of mid-century modern architecture, check it out.



Hope to see lots of new modern structurs in Salt Lake the next time we visit. Also, the Sugarhouse live/work development sounds fabulous. Good luck with it.



Jacque

Boise, Idaho





 


 

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Jacquelyn Clemmer at November 03. 2007
Hi everyone! I have just recently discovered this wonderful informative website! I also met a few of you the other night at the Poliform opening. I work for Lifestyle Electronics out of Park City. However, I am located at the Bang & Olufsen showroom in Salt Lake City. Besides the fact that I am a product specialist and sell these modern works of art, I also am preparing my future for everything modern. So if you are looking for a home theatre and audio company to work with...I am your woman! Also, I just like to see, talk, and live modern! Jacquelyn Clemmer Bang & Olufsen Gateway 357 West 200 South Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801.532.0400 Phone 801.532.0401 Fax

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Mike White at November 06. 2007

Hello,

 

I recently completed (mostly) construction of a new house for my wife and myself up in Logan. I designed the house and interior and landscaping and helped build it with Logan Canyon Construction (Craig Lamond GC). We moved in around May 2006 and I completed most of the landscaping during spring/summer/fall of 2007. I just wanted to say hello to other Utah modernist types - is anyone else from Logan around on the site?

 

-Mike White

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Brad Jensen at January 08. 2008

A little late to the party perhaps....

 

But I thought I would also introduce myself. I've breezed through this area several times in the past year or so, and I thought I'd go ahead and throw in an introduction to myself. I live and work in Salt Lake City. I work for a builder and I have spent the better part of a year now gently moving that builder toward a more modern aesthetic, noting its value and the appeal to the market.

 

We'll see how that goes, but I think we're making strides and we are able to begin preliminary work on a subdivision of our own, just 15ish homes, MAX, that have a modern appeal, with a price point that allows access to practically any buyer in any circumstance.

So that's it for now - I'll be keeping an eye out here for interesting things to see and comment on.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by April Taylor at January 10. 2008

I recently found this site while combing the internet for information on 1950's ranch-appropriate entry doors.  My husband and I just bought our first home, a 1952 brick ranch-style in the Rose Park neighborhood.  It is in need of many improvements, and we're looking forward to updating the home with an eye toward its roots.  I look forward to chatting with everyone, and gaining inspiration from your own endeavors.

 
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Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by liam. at March 02. 2008

my name is liam.  in the last year i have gone head over heels for modern design.  the elements had always intrigued me, but it was never accessible to me in my seemingly perpetual student-derived poverty.  i have since found a fit for myself in the modernist movement.

 

i currently live in the avenues in my friend's condo which is furnished almost exclusively in modern furniture.  there is a relatively great expanse of floor to ceiling glass with a nice view of the valley.  the space inspires me.

 

i hope to find a place to make my own modernist retreat someday.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Laine Houberg at September 09. 2008

Hello. My name is Laine Houberg I am a Huge fan of the modernist movement. I have been involved in a few modern projects here in SLC, which are somewhat rare but always a delight. I have used Live Modern as an inspiration and resource guide in my own home and was pleased to find a actual Modernist group here.  For the sake of disclosure I am a commercial contractor and  fabricator. I am not here to promote myself in any way, rather to simply take part in the disscussion and hopefully be of some use to the group.  I appreciate the opprotunity to talk with you all.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by brent jespersen at September 25. 2008

laine

 

what kind of fabrication do you do?  railings? metalwork?  perhaps we can work together in the future.

do you have a web link to any of your work?

thanks - brent

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Laine Houberg at September 25. 2008

Brent. I have never had the time to put up a web site, though Ive owned the domain for years.  Most of our business is word of mouth. I don't do a ton of railings though I can and do for certain clients.  We did all of the metal work on the modern home on Michigan Ave, I would imagine you know the Owner/Architect.  We did all the doors at the sky lodge in P.C.  Done a few 3-form projects for W. LLoyd Arch, Railing, Shower, Doors etc. that you may have seen. We build custom cabinets and one of pieces all the time. We are a full Wood shop and Full metal shop. If you have a project that no one seems to understand, someone will eventually lead you to me.  I've looked at your web site a few times and would like to see more of your work.

 

Laine.

Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Eamon Flannigan at December 04. 2012

Hello, Eamon here.  I am just arriving at the forums.  Question: does anyone know where to get Blu Dot furniture in Utah?  Preferably in the Salt Lake or Utah Valleys?  Too bad these aren't more active...

 

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Re: Introduce yourself.

Posted by Creede Fitch at December 05. 2012

Welcome Eamon! Brent (above) has a business called Architectural Solutions here in SLC. They have some limited Blu Dot in the showroom on Foothill, but I'm sure he can order in whatever else you need.

http://www.as-slc.com

Also, since you are new here, you should check out this links too.

http://cityhomecollective.com

http://www.slmodern.org

http://thegreenant.com

http://grassrootsmodern.com (my site - shameless plug)

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