Contributing Monkie Whitney Sander
Published on January 10, 2009
Hello and thanks for visiting the site. My name is Whitney Sander, and I am the architect of the House for a Briard. I have been working in architecture since 1974, and have been on my own for almost twenty years. My firm designs residential and commercial projects that are contemporary in design and green in ethos. We search for the leanest, most up-to-date materials for our projects, most of which are actually strikingly beautiful. I always try to start simply in each prjoect, because complexity will necessarily follow. I also give each project “good bones:” a regular rythm of structure which means it will be simply built. This means that many of my projects show columns at regular intervals, and walls and spaces move around them.Designing this house has been a magnificent experience.
When Thomas and Joanna first asked me to design it, they said they wanted the greenest building that I had ever designed. “And,” they said, “we have no money.” That determined that we would try an idea I had been pursuing for some time: prefabricated elements. The first house I designed in this way used a prefab steel frame (sander-architects.com|residential|Residence for a Sculptor 3). The residence for a Briard uses a prefab building shell, made in inland California, which arrived on site about four weeks ago. The entire shell cost $22,000. This includes all structural frames, all secondary structure and the building skin and roof, for that price. The slab was completed last week, and the frames will begin erection next Monday.
I look forward to providing frequent updates on our progress. If anyone needs more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org