Chameleon shotgun house blends modern/vernacular on a budget

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Kirsten Dirksen

3 anos atrás

Inspired by the shotgun houses of the Gulf Coast, architect Zui Ng set out to create a modern version that could adapt to any lot. Calling it the Shotgun Chameleon, he built a prototype home for his family in Houston’s Fourth Ward (Freedmen’s Town).

Reflecting the buildings on both sides, it is clad in wood and metal, which are slatted to allow for light and breeze to enter while simultaneously allowing for privacy from the apartments next door.

The “Chameleon” in the title refers both to the home's adaptability to place as well as to moments in time. Ng designed it to divide into separate apartments to reflect his changing family. When he first moved in, he left the interior stairway open and his mother lived downstairs. Now the stairwell is closed and he, his wife and young daughter live in the 750-square-foot upstairs. The downstairs is rented out as a separate flat, now accessible via an exterior door.

“There’s different ways to live free. I’ve seen people, they move to the middle of nowhere and they move into a car or something to live free. That’s one way. Me and my wife, right now, we are kind of living free The rent for the bottom unit actually pays for the mortgage.”

In order to keep the build affordable, Ng (ZDES Studio) and his wife created most of the interior themselves: building cabinets and furniture (some hacked from IKEA and Home Depot), staining the plywood, designing and installing steel countertops from leftover siding, and even creating wooden, sliding pocket doors.

“With the digital age we lost a lot of ability that our ancestors used to have, with your hands… This house was built $180,000 less than what the contractor asked for so this is like another master degree for me. I learned to do subcontracting.”
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Roz Lawrence-Groce
Roz Lawrence-Groce 2 dias atrás
Beautiful home.
Hektor Lorenzo
Hektor Lorenzo 5 dias atrás
I really, really like this house and the philosophy. At the same time I feel uneasy about fire safety. Everything is wood in there, walls - furniture etc., it should burn down quickly in a case of fire. How is this problem adressed? I am curious.
itchywitch 5 dias atrás
Amazing. What a beautiful house and yet super practical.
Janna Dia Gallenero
Janna Dia Gallenero 6 dias atrás
I like this guy through and through. ❤️❤️❤️
Славянщина Słowiańszczyzna
Славянщина Słowiańszczyzna 6 dias atrás
Вопрос. Сколько будет гореть этот дом, когда приедет куклуксклан?
clapicusrein David
clapicusrein David 6 dias atrás
I love this kind of house...
Milica 8 dias atrás
I love it! The only modern house I've seen so far with warmth!
Vangie Lacap
Vangie Lacap 8 dias atrás
Wow i want to have a house like this
Jordan Whiteflower
Jordan Whiteflower 9 dias atrás
tribas 9 dias atrás
if there's no shotgun its not america gotta put a gun on absolutly anything
Toni Montoya
Toni Montoya 9 dias atrás
I really enjoyed listening to this man describe his house and reasoning behind his choices.
Debra Clark
Debra Clark 9 dias atrás
When I see homes like this, I send the link to my Son to encourage him to build me my Dream House since he received his degree in Architecture 😊 he is currently working in Nursing and working on a 3rd degree 😊 this is an Awesome Home and very Special because it was made in Love for his Family ❤️ Great Job😊
Prashanth B
Prashanth B 10 dias atrás
I have huge respect for this guy.
david psalm bendula
david psalm bendula 11 dias atrás
do u feature fung sui inspired houses, im not a big fan of it though im asian,,, but im curious to see how they look like
Gayle Baker
Gayle Baker 12 dias atrás
It's Houston. How many days per year would you want to dine outside?
Ask Uncle Mason
Ask Uncle Mason 12 dias atrás
I'd hire him to build for me.
Victor Da Silva
Victor Da Silva 13 dias atrás
That’s just Wong
Kk Westbury
Kk Westbury 13 dias atrás
I agree with your mom, I love it too. Best wishes.
Jonathan Bersano
Jonathan Bersano 13 dias atrás
This guy is a genius.
Yolkava 13 dias atrás
Wow this man really inspired me and full understands his reason behind everything! Please start developing properties! I'll be your videographer!
Freddie Andres
Freddie Andres 14 dias atrás
Brilliant work! Reminds me of some modern Japanese style homes you run into every now and again here in Kyoto and throughout Japan.
Rogério R
Rogério R 14 dias atrás
did he really flattened corrugated metal for the kitchen sink? that's possible? wow, what an alternative.
Patti Stevens
Patti Stevens 14 dias atrás
I am such a fan of architecture and design and as you shared your vision for the design and materials within the concept of a conversation between the houses on each side, old, new and then bridging them with harmony to honor each is such a beautiful way of being in the world. New Orleans has been a favorite place of mine because of the Shotgun house, but the implications of climate change took that location and design off my list of possibilities. But your creativity has given it back to me because this is a house for now but also for the future. The humility of the materials with the high concept design is also another beautiful conversation. And I love how you built for growth of yourself both personally and professionally and the present and future needs of your family is amazing. They are not little people living in an adult house - this is equally their space as well. Wow! I cant wait to see more of your work!🙏
Justin McLead
Justin McLead 15 dias atrás
This guy is so on-point. Made the best of an undesirable lot and employed excellent solutions in so many ways. Very cool!
Ivan Santana
Ivan Santana 16 dias atrás
Nice house, but I hate the feeling of touching the walls.
amparo del carmen salazar rodriguez
amparo del carmen salazar rodriguez 18 dias atrás
La sala y comedor están geniales
Natalie Itliong Fechter
Natalie Itliong Fechter 20 dias atrás
This guy is really talented
OCCULT BASS 20 dias atrás
Such a talented person!
Yuriy Pankratyev
Yuriy Pankratyev 20 dias atrás
This man is my hero!
Jeffrey Larsen
Jeffrey Larsen 25 dias atrás
Hey gives an excellent tour
Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly 25 dias atrás
Brilliant! I love everything about this house...the design is fantastic. I love the warm, kindness and humor of this guy aside from his intelligent and insightful creative skill. Would love to have them as neighbors.
Thomas Ebert
Thomas Ebert 28 dias atrás
It’s fascinating but I’m still looking for the front door. Stairs? Any security concerns?
Kaka Wu
Kaka Wu Mês atrás
EarthOneWorld Mês atrás
Fantastic work and so creative, wow
Keith Nevin
Keith Nevin Mês atrás
love this! one of the all time beautiful living spaces. he is an amazing man.
Ronald Manglal-lan
Ronald Manglal-lan Mês atrás
Pragmatic and romantic... the house and the man/family who built it... beautiful home...
Spin Moto180
Spin Moto180 Mês atrás
Brilliant in every way! Love how his mind works . . . perfect design, perfect application, perfect execution!
Graeme L
Graeme L Mês atrás
Wow!... This design is outstanding and this guy is well gifted in wisdom and commonsense!... A very clever chap!
Quantumese Boy
Quantumese Boy Mês atrás
Asian are afraid of windows.
George Crichlow
George Crichlow Mês atrás
Wow this guy is amazing!
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