Listing of the Week: Minimalist in Phoenix
Two architects pool their resources and use common materials to build an uncommon house. It's for sale for $399,000.
It's a modest house, 2,200 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths. It's offered for sale for $399,000.
To be able to build the house on an infill lot, Cy Keener and Jay Atherton had to pool their resources and live as roommates in the completed space. Because of budget constraints, they built the house using common materials, such as concrete block and drywall. Rather than buy interior features, such as cabinets, they built as much as they could themselves.
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"Our interest was in using standard things on a relatively unremarkable site and creating something that was more than the sum of its parts," Keener told Dwell magazine, which featured the house on the cover of it December 2010 issue.
We saw a photo of the house on Curbed and agreed that it merited the national attention it has drawn. The home, called the Meadowbrook Residence, also was featured on an American Institute of Architects home tour. You can see a slide show of photos here.
One of the duo's challenges was to create a home that would bring the outdoors in, but not all the way in, since temperatures in Phoenix reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit. They did that by situating the house so there were no openings on the west, the hottest side, except for the front door.
They situated the kitchen, laundry room and baths along the west well. The bedrooms are on other side of the living room, separated by curved walls.
They wrapped the expansive windows on the three other sides with polypropylene shade cloth for climate control.
"Meadowbrook is a response to the desert in an urban environment," Atherton told The New Times of Phoenix, which named the two as finalists for its Big Brain Awards. "It's about what it means to really live in the desert and what we can extract from the suburban asphalt and the city hardscape that surrounds us."
The house was listed for $425,000 in August and the price was trimmed to $399,000 in late September.
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About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.