Slow… Home

We’re featured on the slow home. blog/site. A wonderful site dedicated to real architecture. The idea was inspired by the slow food movement. Another worthy and timely cause to check into.

Check out their principles. we subscribe to everysingle one of them. Let’s make a difference!

FODA Wins Addy!

FODA STUDIO has put up a segment on the stunning design they did for the Moon Units ad for Tribeza.

Their BIG NEWS, though, is that they WON TWO ADDY AWARDS last night! A gold medal and a Best of Show for direct Marketing and Printing Excellence. Well, we’ve know for years they are the best talent in town and beyond but our little secret is really out now that they are running with the big dogs… They SO deserve it, we’ve been telling ya… Just hoping they don’t get too big for us, now!!!


Moon Units for Sale

The Moon Units have gone officially up for sale. One of the Amstrong units is already gone and another unit is already reserved.

The coolest thing about the units is how they have floor to ceiling windows on BOTH sides. The back side opens into a walkway that is designed to be also used as outdoor space. The front has a variation of red perforated metal panels and some blue tinted windows. The top units also have skylights.

These units are TRUE LOFTS. You get the awesome raw space, with glorious white concrete block and diamond polished concrete floors on the ground units, one or two great bathrooms (depeding if you buy a large or smaller unit) and a high quality kitchen.

If you go by the sales office, they will show you the materials board we were posting about a few entries back, plus, this early, you’ll be able to chose pretty much any material you want for your interior. The idea is that you get to create your own space, inside. Or, if you prefer, you can come to our office to get your very own personalized interior! If you are not into designing things yourself, we’ll pick even your napkins for you, if you let us…

The units, especially the larger two story ones, can work especially well for people that work at home. You can work on one level and live on the other. It’s especially nice for artists or people that like big open spaces…

Go to the Moon Units website for prices and all that good stuff.

Dogs Hate Dog Houses; Dogs Love Sofas

I don’t even know where to begin. We’re presenting stuff like mad. Remodels, houses on the lake, houses on cliffs, houses in town, houses in the country, more remodels… and a dog house.
I’ll get around to posting about it all but let’s begin with that last one, it’s for Barkitecture Austin.

Our dog house/sofa is called WOOFA.

It’s a dog house that becomes an outdoor sofa (well, two really.) Like they say, a picture (or three) is worth a thousand words.
The glorious text comes from this blog that indispensable Jett of FODA Studio found.

All for charity… for the hounds. Design Within Reach is putting it together. We love the hounds, we love DWR. But we love John and Mike most of all because they are probably at the warehouse, right now, up to their eyebrows in sawdust, and it’s late, and it looks so incredible… get this, there was a little dog drawn in the wood, a wood knowt that looked like a dog, what are the odds???

Kilean at the Arthouse

A while ago, we were a bit disoriented when Arthouse didn’t pick a Texan to do their remodel. Their mission is promoting Texas contemporary artists… and they picked a New Yorker…

But in any case, our good friend Wells Mason owner of Ironwood Industries is exhibiting his fantastic work there and MJ dropped by the opening to say hi. John Langford was there too and took these with his phone! Check John’s amazing photography work!

Big Ass, Bad Ass, Kyle’s Ass

Our excitement over some key elements is crossing over from client to client! We’re talking about the

Big Ass Fan!


(I’m talking really loud because the last time we mentioned them in our newsletter and in this blog, we got the coolest swag imaginable, thanks guys!) But seriously, we love this company, and we love the product. Hell, it’s good enough for the cows, right? The thing, though, is that it’s good for the rest of us too.

See, besides that it looks cooler than you-know-what, the reason we are all excited about it, it’s because the energy savings and the comfort levels we are expecting to get out of it. This fan moves at a very low velocity, but it displaces vasts amounts of air. When you check their site out make sure to click on “product innovation” to read about it.

You may know this already, we are obsessed with reducing as much energy usage as possible in every one of our projects, we all know that this is becoming more and more crucial, right? So, the idea is that this fan will work in sync with the air conditioning, and distribute the air coming from it with high efficiency, reducing the amount of time that the A/C unit operates. The fan requires much less use of energy and it doesn’t use any chemicals or put out any exhaust. It also lowers the temperature by several degrees on its own. Every bit counts!

So, Curra’s finish out is on it’s last stretch and we are counting the minutes. Soon the big perforated plywood panels will be up (that will be a big day!) and the door with a stainless steel and wood handle, designed by MJ and crafted by Crippen Sheet Metal (steel) and Archwood Cabinetry (wood) will be finally done. All the restaurant equipment is in, and wait until you see the metal vanities, finished with white car paint…

So, what’s up with Kyle’s Ass? Good question. He really wants a Big one! Actually, the Big Ass Fan is perfect for his project even more so! His painting studio IS like a big modern barn, and the fan will become a must have in his case (only a small portion of the studio is air conditioned, one of the reasons we’re able to build such a big structure for a very minimal price! … And he also owns two miniature donkeys.)

So, now enjoy this journey to the Cleburne site, via the wonderful pictures that Justin Parr took. He’s an artist and friend of Andy Benavides, the general contractor and art gallery owner, mind you ….(are we lucky or what! A builder/artist??? And he’s not the only one we work with, right? Remember John and Mike?) Anyway, meet the crew in Cleburne (I think MJ is in love) and by the end you’ll see our crazy but lovable client and friend riding his miniature donkey. I know, what are the odds…

The view is still so pretty…

That’s Shorty.


The Steel Sips man, David.

And the boss-man, Andy Benavides, also proud gallery owner and maker of picture frames…

It’s ok guys, MJ said this one is coming down, anyway.

No, really. (True story… really)

OK, let’s eat, good idea.

That looks yummy.

It’s ok Kyle, you’re not paying for the food…

Or are you???


OK. Back to work. I want a Big Ass Fan!!!!.

The architect has much “esplaining” to do.

The name’s for posterity, these guys are the kind that take pride:-)

Political propaganda put to good use.

That’s the fire pit. Maybe they are discussing the pig roasting? (We’ll be there for that!)

Let’s get to the donkey part…

Tonto and Harold

Big tonto on Tonto: I want a Big Ass Fan!!!

Guy’s crazy, dude.