Posted by Bart Thrasher
If you’re in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you’re likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according to Houseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? “The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It’s well-designed, well-crafted,” Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects‘ Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let’s back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you’ll never have to wonder again.
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Posted by Karen Thraher
Here's the current 'pie-in-the-sky-plan'. Split the container up with storage on the end and then convert the back half to a small backyard-bar lounge complete with bar stools, counter, and deck. Kind of fun to imagine all the parties and dinners we could host. We're going to need more friends, and most definitely a more determined approach to back yard maintenance!
Posted by Bart Thrasher
Source: Jackie Craven for ThoughtCo.com
The style of the American home has evolved over hundreds of years dating back to the Cape Cod and Colonial styles seen in the 1600's to the new traditional style of the present McMansion. These styles have been impacted through the years by geography, building practices and materials, regional environments, as well as personal and cultural influence.
Below are just a handful of styles often seen in our area of North Texas. What is your favorite?
Well, it's been quite some time since I've written on this blog--a year and a half. What have I been doing? I guess 2016 was a busy time and 2017 hasn't been much different. I've kept my head down and tried to stay active. Thrasher Works has been consulting with other architects while also cultivating new client relationships. There have been some exciting projects which I hope to share in the near future.
My obsession of the 'small house' continues. I can only hope it's becoming a bit more refined. Taking influence from the neighborhood we live--an historic area full of bungalows and prairie style homes--I'm trying to reimagine the small cottage home with a contemporary flare. And why do subtle when bold, clean lines can create a real dialogue?
These images are one of a few concept sketches Bart and I developed for a client who needed a little 'eye candy' for a planning and zoning presentation.
The idea was to organize the core building utilizing classic facade rules while invoking the bungalow style. Intersecting the building is the modern touch. It intersects the interior circulation to both organize the space and bring in light.
More development is needed, of course. Baby steps. Stay with me. Plans, elevations, sections, and materials to come.
I have been fortunate these past 6+ months to work on a wide variety of project types--both commercial and residential. As I look back on recent blog posts, I realize the only thing I've shared is from the residential project type. Oh Well! Though it's not my professional forte, I've been blessed with working with a great range of folks which have given me great opportunity to design and imagine.
Here is the latest. While still in the very infantile stage of design, I share with you the most recent design of the home renovation/addition which includes a new master suite, total kitchen renovation, formal dining room, and a 2-story office/guest quarters addition. Excuse my SketchUp skills please...I think I at least get the point across, no? Fill this up with luscious landscaping and a proper cocktail? Sign me up, please.
Thrasher Works recently had the opportunity to put our design chops to the test for a local development: The Villas, a small group of custom built homes located on the hill overlooking the historic Belmont Hotel and skyline of downtown Dallas.
I was brought in to assist in the tweaking of a design which had been presented to the design review board. It is a three story, 2-unit condo set on two lots. Unfortunately, while all the usual components of a contemporary design were present, the facade couldn't mask the fact that it was an awkwardly proportioned box which was out of scale to the neighborhood and severely lacking in a coherent facade organization.
After a few attempts to save the design, we all came to the same conclusion: one must start from scratch. Of course, I won't show you where we started from, but what do you think of how it turned out?
I spent the weekend trying to design a backyard shop/office for myself and Bart. I came away feeling very uninspired and defeated. I guess I just wasn't feeling it. But let's face it, Bart won't be happy until every last corner of that yard is used for shop space.
So, I switched gears. I still had a creative bug to kill and graphic design wasn't doing it. Hence, the Mustard House. I'm really trying to wrap my head around the tiny-house movement and have realized: it's a process. This is the first step. While I'm still tweaking the plans, it's shaped to have an open living/dining/kitchen area with two bedrooms in the back. So far it's coming in around 1,200 square feet.
I'd like to whittle this down to 900 square feet...I guess you lose a bedroom? What do you think? Could you live in 900 square feet? What would be on your must-have list?