#56 - 4 CM&P's Mini Mansion

#56 - 4 CM&P's Mini Mansion

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 30, 2006

Name: 4 CM&P
Location: Buffalo, New York
Size: 440 sq/ft House

Favorite resource:

Fine Homebuilding Magazine, not for design, but for execution.

What inspired you?

Inspired by Edgar Tafel's advice that every architect's first project should be to build their own house, I first started with an existing 1 bedroom cape.

After gutting the interior, I vaulted half of the ceiling to add in bookshelves and two storage spaces. The hand-constructed steel and cherry ladder provides access and runs along the steel faced wood beam that supports and spans the width of the house.

...Everything, from the cabinetry work, to the concrete counter tops, the hardwood floors, the bathroom and front door, the electrical, plumbing (don't tell the city inspectors), drywall, and furniture was self-designed, installed, and built with efficiency and functionality in mind. Credit card debt and window trim gets dealt with later.

Design Tip:

Work with what you have, and if you can't, demo it, just not all of it.

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