List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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TrevorHikes
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List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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I was just watching the videos for the Lovness house and how the couple build the house themselves. Is there a list of DIY built wright houses?

Roderick Grant
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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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I think that would be a short list. Other than Lovness, there would be Berger and Pappas, but offhand I cannot think of any others.

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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Baird, Manson and Peterson, I've heard, are other examples.

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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Although there may be few other Usonians which could properly be called "self-built" (selbst-gemacht, in German, a friend has said), other owners have swung a hammer, made furniture, and/or wielded a paint-brush, either during the original construction or as follow-up tasks. Herb Jacobs boarded his own ceiling; Paul Hanna made furniture. How many Textile Block or Usonian Automatic clients made their own blocks/tiles ?

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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Didn't the Reisleys do a fair share of their own work as well?

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One brief paragraph in Roland Reisley's book reads as follows:

"Where possible we tried to help with the construction. I put up siding on one wall, an easy one, and sanded and applied finish to some of the wood. Ronny filled most of the nail holes with plastic wood. Together we stapled insulation between rafters. Everything was coming together." There is a photo of Ronny hefting a concrete block; another photo on the same page shows the block walls before stone was applied to them.

Despite an extremely limited budget, and an ongoing impatience to occupy their new house, the Jacobses left all the building of Usonia I to the masons, carpenters, electricians, etc. Their custom-made furniture, designed by Wright in an unusually spare and even conventional style, was built by Katherine's cousin and his brother, of oak, before the house was begun. Somehow a four-by-eight-foot living-room table, the eight-foot dining table, two large lounge chairs, six upholstered dining/side chairs, a square coffee table (ancestor of all those Usonian coffee tables ?), a hassock, and a child's table and two little chairs, were delivered to their small Madison apartment---and fitted inside !

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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I am very thankful that Rood, many years ago on this site, recommended the book "An American Proceeding, Building the Grant House with Frank Lloyd Wright"(2010), by Donna Grant Reilly.

It along with "Growing Up Wright"(2020), by Lonnie Lovness are two of my favorite hands-on construction stories. "Building With Frank Lloyd Wright, An Illustrated Memoir"(1978), by Herbert and Katherine Jacobs is also very good especially the part about the Jacobs 2 construction.

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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Maybe DIY, in most of those cases, should be HIY?

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Re: List Of DIY/Self-Built Wright Houses?

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Help it yourself ?
Hire it yourself ?
Haul it yourself ?
Hype it yourself ?
Hang it yourself ?

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