All posts in the "Architecture/Design" category.

Introducing the Two Box House

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Hiro and I are making progress on the dream home! In addition to the Shoebox House described earlier, we’re exploring another design concept called the Two Box House. Working with Ron Golan of (RGON Architecture), we’ve now have a 3D model of the rough schematic design. Here are the first renderings! (Note the shadows are a little wacky because the walls are made transparent.)

Parallel configuration

Perpendicular configuration

More images and info after the break!


DIY Trailer Home – Nov 2009 Update

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

We have chosen a name for the trailer home Hiro and I are designing with RGON architecture.

Shoebox House

We’ve begun the mechanical design phase, one of the more precarious stages of the project.  This is where we take the basic room layout from the “schematic design” phase and figure out how it will actually work mechanically.  As the first-ever collapsible, 2-story mobile home, we face a number of significant technical challenges.  The good news is that I’ve received interest from a number of trailer manufacturers for fabrication of the chassis.

Wish us luck!

Here is a short video RGON made showing a rough concept of the Shoebox House frame!

DIY Trailer Home – Schematic design progress

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
(click for larger ver)

(click images for larger ver)

We’ve made progress on the mobile home design.  Take a look and help us find a name for the home!


DIY apartment furniture

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

I love building stuff, especially furniture. But before you imagine finely-crafted, oak and brass masterpieces, my furniture is more… um… experimental. I use 2x4s and plywood, and very simple tools.

Here is my current desk.  (Click on the pictures for larger versions.)

Hang everything!

Read on for a photo-retrospective of some of my past furniture, along with tips and tricks for making your own things! The post is rather long… my apologies if the page loads slowly.


Trailer home on regular land

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I started doing a bit of research about the second half of the mobile-dream-home equation — parking the trailer home on an actual lot and tying it into the standard utilities.  The idea is that after spending a number of years in trailer parks getting a sense for the general livability of the house and livability of the town, we’d buy an actual lot and put the trailer home there.  The question is:

Do land-use restrictions make this illegal?


Trailer home / RV park research

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

I’ve been doing some research on trailer parks and I’m excited to learn that they’re a viable option. (more…)

Dream home = mobile home?!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

One of my greatest dreams is to build my own home.  Hiro and I have been designing and collecting ideas and photographs for the past 5 or 6 years.  We’ve been using our various apartments as test grounds for different storage and furniture ideas.  And we take monthly overnight trips by bike and train to explore towns along the Metro rail to better know where we might want to live.

But despite all this work, the dream home feels far, far away.  Financially, building a home anywhere near Los Angeles will be a stretch.  Despite experience with basic woodworking and a few welding classes, the skills required to build our home still feel out of my league.  And we still don’t know what’s important to us in picking a place to live.

But two weeks ago, I had a breakthrough!!!

I’m going to build a mobile home!

Trailer home design concept

Trailer home design concept


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