Last week, I came across a darling mini house on the CB2 website. The plywood structure, called Ben Holiday House, is modeled after a project artist/architect Ben Holiday put together when he was in architecture school.
The mini house stands less than a foot tall (we’re not talking dollhouse size here), so I thought it would be a fun item to add to a bookcase or a styled vignette. Plus, it reminded me a litte of some of my favorite modern homes in Austin.
Tom and I have a secret dream about living in one of these Austin modern homes near downtown one day. We love to drive around these neighborhoods and oooh and ahhh at their shapes and color palettes, as they are such a far cry from our current suburban home in a planned community. Many of these modern homes are just a stones throw away from our favorite stomping grounds. Whether they are strictly newly built modern dwellings or remodeled mid-century designs with a modern flair, we love them all.
604 Live Oak by Architect Steve Zagorski (I’d do bad things to own one of the modern homes he’s designed.)
969|Agave Neighborhood – Address unknown – This is a new popular modern, green neighborhood.
1012 Harwood Place B by Riverside Homes
3202 Santa Monica – former home of Austin photographer and blogger Heather Banks. She and her husband sold this home and are renovating another now, and I can’t wait to see it! They have a great eye for color, and I’m obsessed with this house – check out these interior shots.
Needless to say, they are all a weeeeee bit out of our price range. Plus, it’s not like we are moving anytime soon.
Okay, so back to the Ben Holiday House. I decided to order it to have as a representation of my own little modern home dream. It’s been marked down from $50 to $20, so I thought it would be a fun and inexpensive piece.
When the box arrived, I was so excited. I opened it and suddenly understood why the price had been slashed. It looked like it had been assembled by a monkey. Perhaps a monkey could have done a better job. There was glue everywhere. The plastic windows were cracked. The pieces of plywood framing the windows were not exactly straight. I should have believed the negative reviews the house had gotten online.
I boxed it up to send back to CB2. But then I realized that by the time I paid for shipping back to them, I wouldn’t really be getting much money back. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I popped out the windows and scraped off as much of the excess glue that I could. It immediately made a big difference.
Because I could still see some of the glue, I decided that the house needed a coat or two of paint to cover it. I went ahead and primed and painted it white.
Huge difference. This little house had a new lease on life. It was still missing something, though.
Bam! Perfection. Every little house needs its own personal King Kong.
I guess I’m destined to make every house my own, whether I live in it or simply with it. Whether you prefer traditional, modern or somewhere in between, a lot of things can be fixed with a little elbow grease and a coat of paint.