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Home Design 04

So, what's new in architecture around here? Environmentally sustainable round houses, floating box houses, new houses that look like their old neighbors --- that's what. In the newest Home Design, we profile three architects who --- whether their designs are contemporary, modern, or contextual --- are adding creative, striking, and friendly homes to our area. Their creations are one-of-a-kind, but every one draws on regional inspiration: our modernist heritage, our environment and climate, our beautiful old homes and neighborhoods.

            When the empty corners of your home need filling, you can go to the mega stores, or you can choose from innovative and beautiful furniture being handmade right around town. And kids can take an interest in home design, too, especially when the design is a town of treetop playhouses. Peek and see: Clever people all around us are thinking up fresh places for us live, rest, and play.

In This Guide...

  • Getting back to nature

    When Rick Hauser and Ali Yapicioglu, the partners at In Site: Architecture in Perry, designed a house on Auburn's Lasher Road, they wanted to, as Yapicioglu puts it, "find the sun." South-facing windows were placed to catch as much winter sunlight as possible and shine it onto a wall that runs along the house's axis.

  • These houses just want to fit in

    Rochester architect Roger Brown believes in the public realm. "Where the people are," he says, "where the sidewalks are, where people walk."

  • Hanging logically in thin air

    Craig Jensen has designed a house that appears, in drawings at least, to float. The long, low house is elevated, supported on one end by the ground-floor garage and the other end by a thick concrete pillar.

  • The man who builds castles in the sky

    Marie Barkley remembers the day a visitor --- a man literally off the street --- walked through her husband Maurice's tree house complex, descended the final ladder, stood on the lawn, and applauded.             Both the Barkleys know the phenomenon well: people driving by their Henrietta home will suddenly slow down, stop, and turn around, usually with at least one child's face pressed up against the back windows.