Building the Maxon House: Week 20

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By Lou Maxon
In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 20: Sneak Preview: Maxon House Documentary Film Series. Kontent Partners is a Seattle/L.A./New York-based creative production company and the filmmakers and producers behind the Maxon House documentary film series. In Week 20 of our Maxon House blog, Kontent Partners and Maxon House director Craig Brooks share the second in a series of film trailers for the upcoming series. Like the blog, this trailer (and series in progress) offers a sneak peek into the real-life process of designing, concepting and ultimately building a modern dwelling for a family of five. With this documentary, Kontent Partners celebrates the individual stories of the designers, contractors, subcontractors, artisans and craftspeople that have had a critical hand in the ultimate creation of Maxon House.

According to the filmmaker and director, Craig Brooks, "In our business you inherently get to 'see behind the scenes' on projects... but rarely do you get this kind of access, information and first-hand experience. This second teaser shows a few more elements of that process and even then it's not even scratching the surface. This is an unprecedented look into a journey only a select few people have experienced."

"I was literally one of the first few people to walk the property with Lou and see it in its original glory," says Brooks. "Getting to document this process.. and getting to meet all the people involved has dramatically changed my view of what it truly takes to build a custom home. The time, the intricacies, the people, the patience, the iron will of the family... I think every viewer will not only be surprised, but moved by the people and the stories."

The Maxon House film series will debut over at in the Fall of 2011.

Credits: Kontent Partners
Director and Filmmaker: Craig Brooks
Executive Producer: Michael Bini
Producers: Craig Brooks, Courtney Clarke
Music: 'Polaroid'  by Sarah Schachner