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Ben Shook Studios

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Ben Shook Studios

253 Chattanooga Street

San Francisco., California 94114

United States

Company Description

Ben Shook Studios has developed from a small carriage house shop to an enterprise that encompasses furniture design, fabrication, architectural design, construction (or: architectural healing) and real estate consultation. The business is now composed o ... more

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Architect - Owner

Aasum design


Mahlum Architects

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In July 2012, Jamin Aasum set ... [cached]

In July 2012, Jamin Aasum set out to build a modern abode overlooking Industrial Northwest Portland in time to get married insideâ€"on New Year's Eve.

Architect Jamin Aasum, 56, decided to tackle the big ones simultaneously. "It was insane," he says. "I became unemployed, designed our house, had our wedding, moved my elderly parents, then got a new job. As a friend said, I grew up all in one year."
In December 2011, Aasum and then-girlfriend Susie Walsh lived in a rented apartment near NW 23rd Avenue.
A nearby 1948 prefab house had been on the market for years; overpriced and sited on a double lot, "the place was a disaster," says Aasum. "One corner of the house had sunk a foot, the roof was sagging, and it wasn't worth saving. But after the market tanked, an acquaintance bought both parcels, divided the lot, and sold the house to the couple for a good price.
Though the house was a mess, the location appealed to Aasum and Walsh, now 49, a research director at national nonprofit Friends of the Children.
"I'm always looking for these places on the edge, where one area turns into another area," explains Aasum.
The front of the house is meant to "look inviting but also provide security from the street," says Aasum.
Aasum spent the late winter and spring of 2012 drawing up architectural plans. A day before the house was to be deconstructed in July, the couple hosted a party there. Afterward, Aasum turned to Walsh and proposed.
Trying to adhere to a modest budget of $175/square foot for the 2,000-square-foot house, Aasum spent every day on-site alongside the contractor, Highpass Construction.
Aasum was spending 12 to 15 hours a day on the house, and workers
were there on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. "A week before the wedding, there was no plumbing or front walkway," says Aasum.
Aasum designed the interior stairwell to mimic the strong lines of the exterior; a Nietzsche quote on the floor by the back entrance greets the couple after bike rides.
Now an architect at Skylab, Aasum still seems a bit shocked that they pulled it all off.

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