The Byzantine Chapel

Waitin’ on Microsoft. I’m spending this week learning C#, so I’m in the process of installing the Visual Studio 2003 beta. Man, this thing takes a while. Might as well slap a new entry in the blog.

I went house shopping this weekend and got somewhat excited by a few homes in Steve’s neighborhood, out on the west side of town. The more I looked, though, the more conventional everything seems, and that’s not really our style. I headed over to the Bookstop on Shepherd and started looking through architecture books.

I ended up falling in love with a few custom-built concrete houses with a gorgeous modern look to them, so I’ve pretty much determined at this point that we need to build our own. Erika and I are never leaving Houston, knock on wood, and we like very architecturally interesting houses, of which there seem to be exactly zero on the market. Mom & I toured the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum at the Menil Collection last month, and that was a great example of the architecture I’m fond of. Don’t be fooled by the name – there’s nothing Byzantine about the museum building itself, pictured here.

Anyway, that’s the kind of thing I like – lots of right angles, little adornment, nice pools of water, sort of a minimalist Asian flair to it. Now I’m hooked on the idea of a custom house.

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