Posted by Jon on June 01, 2003 at 12:09:41:
In Reply to: Artist needs guidance for building home-studio posted by J Carl on May 29, 2003 at 08:50:24:
Don't know much about LA, but I've heard there are some pretty good examples of vernacular architecture that work in the older parts of town.
Post a notice at the many LA schools of architecture for some student designers. They usually aren't be terribly knowledgeable about real world construction, but have enthusiasm and concentration for design thinking. Offer small money to several different students for the work - don't ask for free work, but you need not spend a lot to get some pretty interesting results to develop further. If you're lucky, you'll find a student who's actually worked construction for several years and also has a real talent that isn't limited by conventional solutions.
Uh - have you considered going to the library and checking out a dozen books a week for a couple months? Get a mix of Fine Homebuilding, construction simplified, eye candy architectural magazines, Dwell, Whole Earth Catalog reviewed books, and books of individual designers.
Above all - take a LONG time to think and plan first. Building on your own is a LIFE CHANGING enterprise not to be entered into without mindfulness.
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