December Twelfth Two Thousand Thirteen
H O Z H O House [HO-JO]
Last night, after much consideration and three separate voting sessions, we all agreed upon the given name for the Billjohn’s residence. Hozho is a Navajo word described as peace, balance, and beauty.
It can also be interpreted as In Beauty I walk and also It has become beauty again.
Peace describes our clients, a soft-spoken Navajo couple, and the complimenting relationship between the house + the land
Balance speaks of the relationship between the public + [cedar clad] private spaces within the home
Beauty is the simplicity of the final product
Also, if you haven’t heard— The house is complete! Our last official day of construction was Sunday, and with the help of Rick and ex-Bluffite Craig we finished just about everything.
Kristin fabricated and installed the aluminum countertop for the patio, cut the bench seat members, and took off the last of the paver formwork! With a few wheelbarrows of [frozen sand] we filled in the space between each of the pavers.
The door team installed the nook door, twenty six ply laminated Baltic Birch Plywood sheet which hangs daintily from the steel hardware above. The track exudes a roughness and industrial quality, which compliments the soft tone of the Baltic Birch. The door handle, similar to the kitchen drawer handles, is a repurposed J-channel inset into the Baltic Birch.
This is my favorite aspect of the house. The J channel, which began as a dry wall stop for the Interiors team has also become:
+Kitchen Toe Kick
+Cabinet Drawer Handles
+Bi-fold & Nook Door Handles
+Kitchen Countertop spacer
Many of these items could have been fabricated by much more conventional materials, but by collaborating with other teams the design was simplified –and clarified. The simplicity and beauty within the Hozho House is astonishing. The donations we received are very much a part of this. All of the light fixtures that Mark from MH Lighting personally selected for our project have made a complete difference. I especially love the exterior lights, sleek matte black rectangles that sit a few inches off the façade. We are so thankful for these fantastic donors.
At the Scorup house, we are all clicking away at our computers putting the last detail lines in our drawings for the Construction Documents. Those of us not working in Revit, are attending to the newly built Broomball ice rink. We are expecting quite the turnout for our Tournament on Saturday!
Happy Friday Eve!