Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Our Guest Blogger, Alison Storm, is a freelance writer, a coffee drinker and a travel addict living in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Tim and min pin, Bruno. Alison wanted to share the latest in architectural innovations with the readers at

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Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright taught the principles of this movement to his students. Architect Corey Crawford is following in his footsteps. "Before Eco-friendly was popular, Mr. Wright was living it," says Corey.

Corey took the lessons he learned at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (link ) and started designing what he calls Personal Outdoor Dwelling Systems. "We as a society have separated the outdoors as a place that is just there, and is not really used," explains Corey. "Yards are maintained by yard mowing companies, and people just do not use the outdoors enough." So Corey started designing outdoor rooms to draw people outside and keep them there.

One project lead Corey to a home in the middle of a tract housing neighborhood in Texas. Corey says the homeowners avoided the backyard because of the overpowering view of a neighbor's clutter-filled garage. "The owners never went out to the backyard for this very reason," he says. Corey added a massive fireplace constructed from recycled concrete to block the view. Then he designed a shade roof complete with a solar calculator that gives the homeowners complete shade all summer long and complete sun in the winter time. As a result the homeowners can enjoy the outdoors all year without having a junky view.

Each unit costs between $6,000 and $20,000, according to the customer's demands. Even though you may like the structures Corey has already created, he insists each design is created with the owner's input and he doesn't do cookie cutter work. "Mr. Wright would be sad if I did such," he says.

Alison Storm
Guest Blogger

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Mar 2, 2008
by Toby
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Good blog!

Very neat stuff, Alison. Thank you for writing about it!