Paul Schneider Residence

Swiss Army Knife

Built-in storage, well-defined boundaries, and sculptural materials guide the Paul Schneider Residence renovation of this early 1900s craftsman-style house and its landscape. A narrow gash in the landscape provides direct access to a basement apartment, a place to play drums, and sunken courtyard. A raw, primordial force bursts from the earth in the form of a multi-story masonry core.

A sliding red panel, emerging from inside the brick core, allows the drums to be hidden from view and defines a nest for the homeowner - a secluded place of his own.

"I like being the guy who loves heavy metal music but not necessarily looking as if I do. This house should be the Swiss Army Knife of houses."