it's not a coincidence that the two Modernist works of architecture that I
chose to study in depth while in graduate school were both built in France and created
by designers whose skills and works were undervalued for the first 40-50 years
of their careers.
Name: Architect Cass Cheesar, Carla Umlauf-Cheesar, Sophie 13, Ella, 11, and Maggie (our lab) Location: Brentwood; Austin, Texas Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
Architect and builder Cass Cheesar and his wife, Carla Umlauf-Cheesar, a native Austinite and realtor, renovated a 1952 home in the Brentwood neighborhood a few years back. While modern elements were brought in, they also maintained the spirit of the original home, all combined with their impeccable style. The end result is an elegant, playful home with Mid-Century lines, bursting with the personality of a vibrant family.
Think you know a balustrade from a newel? Or a louver from a flue? What characterizes colonial-style architecture, and how did painted ladies get their name? Just for fun, take this quick quiz to see just how architecturally savvy you are.
I love living in Chicago, but I can get a tad envious of places where warmer weather allows for year-round indoor/outdoor living spaces. One such space? This stylish family home composed of sleek mini-buildings.
If you're an architecture buff like me, you've probably spent plenty of time admiring great buildings, in person and on the pages of glossy magazines. But have you ever thought about living in one? Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece La Miniatura is for sale, and if the price is right, this could be your chance to own a piece of architectural history.
We love a good lap pool. They take up a fraction of the space of a traditional pool, and their elongated shape is so elegant and modern. There's room to exercise, to splash around and have a drink on a hot day (because isn't that the whole reason to have a pool?), and you can still have a backyard.
Name: Edgar & Liliane Location: Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania Size: 2885 square feet, not including outside terraces Years lived in: 20 years; owned
Edgar's family owned a parcel of land in the mountains for years, using it as rustic getaway. After too many nights roughing it in a cabin on the property with no heat, plumbing or electricity, Edgar knew it was time to build his dream haven. He wanted a place where his family could unwind on the weekends, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. And it needed to be usable year-round.
How would you feel about living in a converted church? Here in Toronto, I've noticed a large number of homes for sale that were once churches, like the former Methodist Church (above) in the High Park neighborhood, recently divided into 24 condos. If you're a lover of light, there are obvious benefits to the large church windows, but it leaves me wondering: how you would decorate the inside?