I am shamelessly reposting these images from Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West, because I can’t get Garth and his home out of my mind. These images are of Garth’s handmade pool and sauna which make up just part of his incredible desert domicle up off of Gamma Gulch in Pipes Canyon. The pool built straight into the rock has me hypnotized with its curling lines of brilliant meandering color paired with those incredible rock formation and landscape views. Just the idea floating around on a hot day and then stretching out on that bed of warm stones in a personal sauna makes my heart flutter.
There is something fascinating about people who reshape the world around them, continuously test out ways of living and experiment with those notions of home we all seem to refashion in response to needs (or what we thought we needed).
I’ve had this above image in my “do this” landscape folder for some time. It’s of Andrea’s patio, which includes a spectacular fire pit fabricated by TK. The concrete stairs that seem almost pored into the rock and the chunky organic furniture mixed with the modern Bertoia chairs just hits me right in that sweet spot. It’s lovely and unfussy, casual and considered, examined and inviting all at once.
Something about this sort of wild west handmade desert architecture reminded me of this book about the rambling and pieced together architecture of Woodstock homes in the 1970′s. I am enamored of the raw initiative of these places (and BEE – it made me think about you).
Woodstock Handmade Houses by Robert Haney, David Ballantine and Jonathan Elliott.
“heavy on imagination, light on money”
While the clutter and disarray would make me feel slightly overwhelmed, it’s refreshing to consider a less rigorous and more investigative way of approaching space and how to live in it. I admire the gumption, the making do, the slow and constant arc of reassessment and collection that necessitates homemade architecture.
As we continue experimenting with our little home, it couldn’t hurt to instill some of that can do 1970′s hippy attitude. Or furniture…
Now I just need a couple of acres in the desert and a shack to build out.