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2006 June | Berlin+Opsal Residence :: Dallas, TX

Archive for June, 2006

LITTLE BUZZ ON BUCHANAN

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F!D Luxe brings out the suits to showcase some of Russell’s work.

Nice spread in the June issue of F!D Luxe on two of Russell Buchanan’s pool houses. Russell took us on a tour of these during the interview process, minus the models of course. They are both wonderfully simple and bold creations. The Bluffview pool house has a 15′ cantilevered patio that strikes the perfect balance of tension and relaxation. It’s almost as if the house has its own diving board, mimicking the pool that sits beside it.

The Preston Hollow pool house is wrapped in a warm Douglas fir siding while its giant eyebrow overhang cools down the area surrounding it. It’s a stunning piece of architecture. The lines on the building look as though you could almost fold it up into a small little cube and tuck it away for winter.

You can see more of Russell’s work on his website. I keep hoping he’ll post the swimsuit models up there.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO WALLS

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So exactly how do you build a house that eliminates the trades?

You use your brain and you question things. Does a wall have to be drywall? No. A wooden fence can be a wall. A pile of rocks could serve as a wall. Dense vegetation can be a wall. Water can be a wall. Cabinets could be a wall.

In fact, they will be. When we sell the house it will be listed as a three bedroom, two and a half bath house and it will function just like any other three/two. Perhaps even better. Because every wall in the house is actually a cabinet. That means as a structure it defines space and as a space it’s functional, so virtually every wall in the house provides storage. Brilliant.

But what about the exterior? It’s a new type of concrete masonry unit. It’s finished on the outside, finished on the inside, accommodates a vapor block area so moisture can’t pass through, provides an R50 insulation value and it’s structurally stable. Not bad. And because it’s finished on both sides and it’s solid, that means no painter, no electric and no plumbers are needed for the exterior walls.

We’re off to a good start. More to come.