Blue Sky Building Systems

The Graham Residence, 2011

56040 Nelson Avenue, Yucca Valley, CA


With little disruption to the natural environment during its construction, Blue Sky Building Systems' sustainable Graham Residence is enhanced by the ten-acre rugged terrain in which it sits. Upon first sight, the right angles of the structure may appear to conflict with the rounded granite surfaces surrounding the house, but the rectilinear geometry of the structure is the perfect counterpoint to an otherwise undulating terrain of ancient rocks and desert landscape. Rather than demonstrating humankind's prowess to conquer nature by manipulating the environment to suit human needs, the Graham Residence changes the dialogue from conquering nature to being part of nature, while

Bruce Goff, Architect

The Youngstrom House, 1968

236 Arapahoe Circle, Lake Quivira, KS


Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bruce Goff, this one of a kind home turns it back to the street with the focus on lake views from all four levels. Open floor plan living with many updates. Large treed lot with boat dock in a quiet cove.

Palmer & Krisel Architects

Classic Midcentury Post & Beam Residence, 1958

233 North Farrell Drive, Palm Springs, CA


Classic mid-century post & beam residence designed by Palmer + Krisel architects and built by the Alexander Construction Company in 1958. Completely restored in 2013 and tastefully updated with today’s modern amenities. Located in historic Sunrise Estates in central Palm Springs with dramatic mountain vistas. 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths plus a permitted bonus room that can be used as a fourth bedroom, den, or office. The master suite has direct access to the backyard, pool and detached pool-house/office. The 2013 top to bottom restoration / renovation included an all-new kitchen, all-new baths, renovated pool, polished concrete floors, and an outdoor shower. Further updates by the current

Valentino Agnoli, Architect

Owl and Beaver House, 1997

27604 23rd Place, Branford, FL


The Owl and Beaver is a raised curvilinear sculptural building on the crystal clear Ichetucknee river. The house was designed and contracted by San Francisco architect Valentino Agnoli, an architect known for curvilinear structures, for physician author Michael Samuels as a meditation and writing retreat. It is 600 feet with a kitchen dining room, living room, bedroom and bath on the main floor and a bedroom under the bow. It was built to be like a poem or a meditative vision. It resembles an upside down boat and it's ridge pole and keel come together to support the structure like a kiss. It is up in the trees of an ancient cypress forest like a tree house, and it has views of the

Harwell Hamilton Harris, Architect

H. E. Hansen House, 1951

2305 W. Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA


H. E. Hansen House, Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1951. Harris wrote in 1948 that the "flowering of California architecture is a combination of free minds, love of nature, and an unspoiled countryside." Harris' organic, regional architecture was rooted in the climate of his native California and softened the modern aesthetic with wood more than steel. Nature was something to be accommodated, not tamed, and everything in the house that might disturb its serenity was eliminated with the sensitive use of materials, colors, and the skillful integration ofbuilding to site. Here the continuity is unbroken between the landscape's palette of "green-browns and gray-blues,"

Emily Jagoda, Architect

The Jagoda Residence, 2008

2504 Tilden Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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Like a graft of a new stalk on old roots, Emily Jagoda's architecture grows from historic California architectural precedent, yet blossoms with new fruit. Built in 2008 and for lease for the first time in many years is Jagoda's own former residence, one of two residences on the same lot, and an elegant exercise in today's Modernism. The entry level is an airy, light loft-like space opening to the garden patio, its concrete floors exuding radiant heat on cold nights. Two bedrooms and a bath are on the second level for children or guests, while the entire 3rd floor is reserved as master bedroom and bath for the owner, articulated with sculptural wooden paneling that recalls the