Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 16, 2008
The aim of brio54 is to offer functional, inspiring and affordable modern design to the masses, and from what I can tell, they’ve succeeded (at least at the concept stage). With a focus on conserving resources and promoting non-toxic living, the emerging development firm has created three designs for your viewing pleasure: the H1 suburban, the H2 urban infill and the H3 high ranch rehab.
And oh, what a pleasure they are to view.
While the company’s website is chock full of information, I found myself way too busy admiring the images and imagining myself there to read any of the text. The H1 is an imposing structure with a great looking deck that most homeowners can only dream about. The sleek and modern house seems ideal for entertaining (which is always my first criteria, whether I actually utilize it or not) and there’s even a basement, something most of us Angelenos never get to experience. And the natural lighting, provided a full side of windows on the main floor and strategically placed 2nd level ones? Out of this world.
But the best design, in my opinion, is the H3, which the site says is a conversion of an outdated 1960s three bedroom ranch style into a four bedroom house with modern amenities and a spacious master suite. Not sure what (if anything) remains of the ranch, but, as the most affordable of the three styles, I’m sure this one will be a big hit if and when it becomes a reality.
My only complaint is that there’s very little glimpse into the interiors, other than via the floor plans and the occasional peeping tom-ish peaks through the windows.
The company plans on including such environmentally friendly features as low to no VOC materials, Energy Star HVAC and appliances, 3Form countertops, natural wood and stone flooring, dual-flush toilets and allergen filtration throughout. Seriously green buyers can also opt for upgrades like geothermal heating and graywater.
The company is currently searching for sites on which to build the H-1. If you’ve got a plot of land and are in the market for a fantastic design, give ‘em a call. And then invite me over.
To see more images, check out brio54 website.