Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Kickstarters The company's gusto for hands-on work reflects an overall embrace of en- deavors that challenge them. The team has explored speculative projects in collaboration with other architects, in- cluding a trio of award-winning, small multifamily projects built with Ibarro Rosano Design Architects. They've also designed and built their own bar; Page has a side gig as a DJ and music festival organizer; and Rick owns an online retail business that makes and sells mod house numbers (modernhousenumbers. com) with his wife, Brandy. Much of their entrepreneurship derives from solving problems. The idea for the house numbers business came about when Rick and his wife were finishing a big remodel of their previous house. They wanted to buy some large, modern numbers to complete the look of the project, but couldn't find a source that was affordable. So they fabricated their own, and went on to make match- ing numbers for their mailbox and a stencil for their curb. The numbers drew inquiries from passersby, and the couple began offering to fabricate them for others. Thus, the business was born; and it happened at a fortuitous time when Brandy, who has an architecture and urban planning background, was looking for work with a flexible sched- ule. "The business," says Rick, "has done really well." These and other projects keep the company hopping these days. While in the past, their workload has been 70 percent build-only projects and 30 percent design/build, the mix has flipped of late. They're largely building their own designs, with about half the work in the residential sector and the other half commercial. It's that diverse portfolio and range of skills, they be- lieve, that kept them going through the prolonged recession. Lean In For some, the housing bust began to hit in 2007. Page and Rick say their best year was 2008, but they began to see the writing on the wall. They were finishing up a bunch of projects, yet the pipeline ahead looked pretty dry. At the time, they were largely occupied with resi- dential work—designing, building, and developing—but had hoped to branch Left: Page's own house has served as laboratory for his ideas about design and construction. Below: Flat rolled steel, polished concrete, and sandpaper stucco wrap the exteriors and interiors of the Johnson Residence. Photo: Liam Frederick Photo: Liam Frederick 16 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 PRO-FILE BUILD

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