I have a house of which I am very proud. I still, after 8 years, get weekly compliments and praise from passers-by.
I contracted with eMZed in 2010 to help me remove an existing house and design a retirement house. I was interested in preserving and using the existing Foundation to the extent possible. I wanted to deconstruct the old house and reuse as much of the old wood as possible. I also wanted to have a cistern that would collect rainwater from the roof and reuse it for toilets and outdoor irrigation.
I had many requests. First and foremost, this was going to be a major project designed to wean me from a busy career into an active retirement. I wanted day-to-day involvement with the design and building of this house and I wanted to be able to make changes as we went along.
Preserve the river view from this house and from my current home, the house above it.
Bring light into the house-which was situated in a bit of a “well” and could have been dark. Built-in shelves, desks, bookshelves, to accommodate minimal furniture.
A see-through house with windows on all sides - a garden house, in which the garden “comes inside”.
Two very private bedroom suites, noise-protected and no common hallway, each with the ability to close off without disturbance from the rest of the house. Outside of the bedroom suites, an all-open architecture.
A detached garage. A potting shed with a bathroom for gardeners. Inside and outside wood-burning fireplaces and a detached woodshed. And under 2000 square feet.
There were many other requests and eMZed did a beautiful job with all of them. Keyan prevented me from making mistakes and was firm about important issues. On the other hand, he went with me on other items—like the exterior colors and reusing old wood.
I have a house of which I am very proud.
In front of my house is a very public walking path, and I still, after 8 years, get weekly compliments and praise from passers-by. “I love your house-I watched it being built”, “yours is my favorite house in this town” are common comments.