Wednesday, August 25, 2010

neighborhood love letter

dear domain design/build,

9th & 9th area here.  just wanted to throw a "thank you" your way.  have you seen me lately?  i'm covet-able, to say the least.  people love me.  and your houses look aMAZing on me.  seriously...keep up the good work.

i love your face,
9th & 9th

there's usually a pretty common theme in the gentrification of any silverlake, ca...or williamsburg, ny.  in conjunction with artisan coffee spots and options for locally-focused, organic shopping,  well-designed and sustainable remodels begin to pop up with more frequency.  thank god for people like the condits (tom, dalton, jamie and mike...owners of domain design/build), who have made yet another contribution in this capacity. we think the neighborhood must be grateful, right? 

this isn't domain's first addition to the 9th & 9th area; they've been at this for years, honing their craft.  you've probably made acquaintance with the amazing new build just behind continental cleaners (just east of the coffee garden).  lucky for the neighborhood, this home will feature the same eye on clean lines and sustainability; a theme that runs through every domain home.
we were able to find a lot large enough to allow for a rambler, so there's lots of square footage (3,000+) on the single-floor home.  good'll be nothing short of incredible when it's finished.   an enclosed, open-air patio will sit in the center of the home, and primarily-glass walls will offer insane natural light.  the lot-size also enabled the condits to add a roomy, two-car garage with studio/art space above. 

domain is adamant that three factors need be in place for any eco-friendly home, and that's where they're starting.  excellent insulation, solid windows, and a  high-efficiency heating/cooling system are essential in creating a sustainable home.  it's not yet complete, but you should definitely keep checking in.  we'll be posting more on this incredible re-build as it comes along.  awesome work, condits.  can't wait to see more. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010


my friend peggy is awesome.  crazy attractive and crazy quirky are two of my favorite qualities in a person.  lucky for her, she found a house to we had a chat about it.
CHL:  what does your new house say about you and your family?
peggy:  totally captures our personality.  it's got a personality that's not indicative of salt lake, which is why i love it.
CHL:  what is it indicative of?
peggy:  mid-century modern.  it feels like the brady bunch.  it's quirky; cool quirky.  it's got enough odd qualities to make me love it even more.
CHL:  so you see your personality reflected in the house?
peggy:  absolutely.  if i had walked into one more bungalow, i would have slit my wrists.  i knew that i would know the house the second i walked into it, and i did.
CHL:  wow.  what about bungalows is so bad?
peggy:  it reminds me of when we first moved to utah and everything was the exact same.
CHL:  how are you different?
peggy:  i mean...(laughs)...i'm a scorpio; i'm from the east coast.  my personality is kind of an eclectic mix...not quite put together.  that's what this house is like.  it's not perfect, but it's perfect for us.  i wanted to feel connected to cody and lyric if we were going to be living in a space so open.  it's a little off-beat, and so are we.  i feel like if my house could talk, it would have my laugh.  it's hard to describe, but everyone really likes it.
CHL:  you met ron mullin?  the architect, right?
peggy:  you would have thought i was meeting brad pitt.  ugh, no...i hate celebrities.  but i like rihanna and jay-z, so it was like meeting them.  i have no idea about anything ron's designed other than this subdivision.  i'd never seen this design back east, and i sort of attached his name to this cool, new floor plan, so it was a bit like meeting a rock star for me.  he was such a cute little man.  i think he was embarrassed that i was so excited to meet him.  i just think his homes are amazing.

peggy (side note):  go buy stuff from ron at green ant.  he's so nice; he even tried to get blueprints for the house.  please plug green ant!  i love that place.