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bringing it home-a new “perch”

adding a front porch is a rewarding exercise. the experience of sitting in your front porch watching neighbors walk by while sipping your favorite beverage and savoring the moment has become something of a luxury in this fast-paced world. if rooms were defined by what you did in them (eg: “bed”room, “living” room), then the front porch should be renamed, the front “perch”

Below are some views of the proposed new “perch”

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bringing it home-the inspirations

adapting to a new country is a unique experience. All of us immigrants have done it at some point in our lives. Adapting to a new home is tougher. Home is where we want things to be as close as possible to what we know, love, and cherish-we try to bring it home in things small and large-from paint colors to attached bathrooms.

this project to me is about creating space where only air exists. Space that the owners can use to recreate, relive and re-cherish their memories of their home-i hope to help them bring it home!

the job at hand-a front porch, sunroom, a 2nd level deck and larger bedrooms-easy as pie!

as always, lets start with some inspiration…

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180 on the 81 degrees

As part of the 81 degrees of renovation, one project needed attention and a quick turnaround-the home office!

Ironically, this was meant to be the last of the mini-projects, but 2020 has taught many to pivot.

The mini-project was to design and build a work-from-home area (formerly called office space) that also doubles as a small pantry and kitchenette. During design, some other ideas came to light and the project grew a little.

Below, is the original design intent, some existing and construction photos, and the final result.

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411 on the after

While the renovation on the apartment was fast and furious, it was followed by an equally fast and furious reantal agreemnt.

However, with the new year, an opportunity to take another look at the work done presented itself…and some more photos.

Here are some images of the before, and the after of the kitchen.

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mid-century modern facade-the build

if there is something I love more than design, its construction-especially seeing the build progress.

The mid-century façade makeover is progressing well. Finding a contractor that understands the intent and be cost efficient is a hard task. The owners spent a lot of effort and time towards this and have persisted in not compromising.

While the end of the project is near, it will be some time before one can enjoy the front porch-till then, here are some photos….

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mid-century modern facade makeover-flippin it over

once the design is approved, there is an important next step-other than to celebrate!

documenting design is a unique art. as the author of the project, the documents not only tell the story of the design, but also a guide and a step-by-step assembly of instructions. To do this, you have to know how the project will be put together and then disassemble it and bring it all together in a series of plans, elevations, sections and details.

trace paper is a great way to rough out the process. i start with a quick sketch of the structure I want to document and then i typically like to “build” on paper, almost like a “flip-book” and then separate them into instructions.

the below is what i did for this project. hope it helps explain the process.


the A+awards are in

just as i was wrapping up the dezeen awards, comes the A+ awards. my weekend research just got a little more packed!

some the awards below you may have seen on my blogs before, but its great to see them all here. And some new ones i need to read more about!
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