Renovation of a 1927 bungalow that is also our own home. Wanted to use it as a springboard for establishing our own practice as well as a place to test ideas about materials and reuse. This is a case of using the constraints of a tight budget to drive the efficient use of available materials in a project.

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Modern home with Office, Library Room Type, and Shelves. Custom steel shelving runs in front of two large windows in the bedroom. The designers wanted to keep a thin profile to avoid blocking natural light. Photo  of mabel street residence

Custom steel shelving runs in front of two large windows in the bedroom. The designers wanted to keep a thin profile to avoid blocking natural light.

Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, House Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. The 1,000-square-foot bungalow sits along a quiet street near downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. "For us, home isn’t simply about the space you live in; it’s also about the sense of belonging to a particular place," says Dale. Photo 2 of mabel street residence

The 1,000-square-foot bungalow sits along a quiet street near downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. "For us, home isn’t simply about the space you live in; it’s also about the sense of belonging to a particular place," says Dale.

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, Coffee Tables, and Ceiling Lighting. living room Photo 3 of mabel street residence

living room

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, and Coffee Tables. The bright living room incorporates some of their own furniture prototypes with treasured midcentury collectibles. The T-square on the wall came from the estate of Albuquerque architect George Pearl; the hanging textile opposite is by fiber artist Romeo Reyna. The Finn Juhl chair comes from another estate sale, while the lights were made from standard, off-the-shelf parts. Darci and Dale also built the console and coffee table. Photo 4 of mabel street residence

The bright living room incorporates some of their own furniture prototypes with treasured midcentury collectibles. The T-square on the wall came from the estate of Albuquerque architect George Pearl; the hanging textile opposite is by fiber artist Romeo Reyna. The Finn Juhl chair comes from another estate sale, while the lights were made from standard, off-the-shelf parts. Darci and Dale also built the console and coffee table.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The architects also restored many of the original windows. "We rehabbed the wood sashes and added insulated glazing with a low-E coating to increase the energy efficiency," explains Dale. "We rebuilt the weights and updated the hardware. They look appropriate for the age of the home, but perform so much better." Photo 5 of mabel street residence

The architects also restored many of the original windows. "We rehabbed the wood sashes and added insulated glazing with a low-E coating to increase the energy efficiency," explains Dale. "We rebuilt the weights and updated the hardware. They look appropriate for the age of the home, but perform so much better."

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Bookcase. "We clad the bathroom doors with the lath as well, adding a nearly invisible aluminum pull," explains Darci. "The adjacent bookshelf was the first project that Dale and I worked on together—and that was 18 years ago." Photo 6 of mabel street residence

"We clad the bathroom doors with the lath as well, adding a nearly invisible aluminum pull," explains Darci. "The adjacent bookshelf was the first project that Dale and I worked on together—and that was 18 years ago."

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Wall, Porcelain Tile Floor, One Piece Toilet, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Open Shower. The former jack-and-jill bathroom is now accessible from both the living room and bedroom. Photo 7 of mabel street residence

The former jack-and-jill bathroom is now accessible from both the living room and bedroom.

Modern home with Bath Room and Pedestal Sink. A central pedestal holds both the wall-hung toilet and sink to save on space. "We wanted the bathroom to feel open and easy for two people to move around in if we both happened to be in there at the same time," says Dale. Photo 8 of mabel street residence

A central pedestal holds both the wall-hung toilet and sink to save on space. "We wanted the bathroom to feel open and easy for two people to move around in if we both happened to be in there at the same time," says Dale.

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Floor, Open Shower, One Piece Toilet, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Wall. bathroom  Photo 9 of mabel street residence

bathroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Floor, Open Shower, One Piece Toilet, Wall Mount Sink, Ceramic Tile Wall, and Ceiling Lighting. Opposite the sink, steel shelving adds storage with a minimal profile. Photo 10 of mabel street residence

Opposite the sink, steel shelving adds storage with a minimal profile.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting and Medium Hardwood Floor. The repurposed lath serves as a feature wall in the bedroom as well. Slots were routed into the lath for custom supply registers. Photo 11 of mabel street residence

The repurposed lath serves as a feature wall in the bedroom as well. Slots were routed into the lath for custom supply registers.

The couple fabricated the shelving themselves. Photo 12 of mabel street residence modern home

The couple fabricated the shelving themselves.

custom fabricated steel shelving  Photo 13 of mabel street residence modern home

custom fabricated steel shelving

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1927
  • Square Feet
  • 1050