Saturday, April 8, 2017

A diminutive 800 sf?

 Up out of the ground in the Redwood Forest, this granny unit, when completed, will live large. An accessible 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen + great room w/ vaulted ceilings, laundry, covered porch and an oversize garage. Check out the progress:

Monday, October 10, 2016

California's Energy Future has arrived!

California's Energy Future, a 70 page ebook sharing state of the art passive house buildings in California, has arrived and is available as a free ebook.  Get your copy here:

Friday, October 7, 2016

L Bath

Here are recent photos of the new bath at the L house in Mountain View. It came out nice and sweet!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

L Kitchen

Here are fresh photos of the now completed L kitchen and dining room:

All photos above by Indivar Sivanathan.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


While in Los Angeles recently, we visited the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. Talented, prolific, Charles and Ray Eames, are among the most important American designers of the 20th. Century. Their home, overlooking Santa Monica Bay across a meadow,  designed with Eero Saarinen, used pre-fabricated parts, minimal materials, maximizing volume, integrating with nature, and setting the stage for 'life in work'.  What stood out?  In essence, the house and its adjacent studio are 'working' boxes: simple, direct, both inside and out, a flourish or two but no pretense, connects one in to out to in, open and comfortable. Certainly cutting edge for its era. Not reproducible directly as it is. Very reproducible amended for modern codes and energy efficiency.   The house is owned and maintained by the Eames Foundation with the family involved. During our visit a grand daughter was changing the flowers, colors chosen as her grand mother preferred.

There is much media available about them. This book is nice:
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: a Legacy of Invention,
Abrams/ Library of Congress/ Vitra Design Museum.

                                Their studio at 901 Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To Define A Wonderful Work of Architecture

"... a pleasing overall form; consistency in use of materials; care in details; sensible scale and proportions; an overall coherence; and, above all, habitability."

From the essay "Origins, Evolutions, and Ironies" by Donald Canty
to be found in the book "The Sea Ranch" by Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder.

So nicely put.  I might only add a spark of artistry, humor,  and a subtle yet palpable sense of craft.