Monday, September 20, 2010

The Beginning

We are about to begin building a Greene & Greene inspired home. Most reading this blog already know who the Greene brothers are, those who are not familiar with these well-known architects from the early 1900's should look at The Gamble House in Pasadena, California.

Another gorgeous example of their work is The Robinson House, also in Pasadena.

Phaedra and Mark Ledbetter are the current owners and several years ago I had the good fortune to tour their home when they opened it up for Pasadena Heritage.  Afterwards Phaedra was very helpful by directing me to the various craftsmen responsible for helping to restore her home.  I love that she restored the kitchen in an accurate representation with modern conveniences:

That was several years ago....finally we are about to begin.
It takes a long time to plan a home of this nature.

The purpose of this blog is to help others find quality products to restore or rebuild their home.  I know it will be an interesting journey and I will meet wonderful people in the process and I will feature them on this blog.

My husband grew up in Pasadena and as a boy he roamed the neighborhoods where most of the Greene & Greene homes are located in this country.  They represent to him what a home should be and he has always wanted to build one himself.  He extensively remodelled a previous home of ours---- acting as the general contractor---and loves the process. It is quite gratifying to see a project take shape that you have built with your own hands.

Over the past 10 years we have noticed there are very few resources out there providing examples of homes in the Greene & Greene style so we will add this blog to that tiny database and see where it takes us.

So stay tuned in on a monthly basis for new posts, we won't be ready to pour the foundation until probably November January.