Modular 4

Happy Anniversary To Modular 4.

I just realized that this marks the four year anniversary of this blog which started out as an experiment that was only going to live for 1 year. It’s a little hard to believe that I’ve been doing this on a daily basis for this long. With 2068 posts made over the last 1460 days, I’m averaging about 1.86 posts a day. Now that isn’t exactly accurate since I’ve missed days over the last 4 years, and have on a regular basis posted more than twice a day. Well here’s to another 4. Now if this thing would just make some money.


Owner or Caretaker.

It’s a funny thing when you sell your house. You inevitably have mixed emotions of joy and sorrow. You’re happy you’ve sold, and a little sad since you have memories associated with your home. In our case, it’s a combination of both. While we have loved almost 4 years at Modular 4, it’s time to move on, and on March 1st we will when we head to a loft space downtown.

All of this comes to a singular point about this house, or really any house. In reality you never really own your house. You are in fact a caretaker of the property. This fact is even more true when you possess something unique, like a piece of art, a collectible car, a piece of jewelry or in this case architecture. I say this because at some point in time what you have will end up in someone else’s possession, and they will take on the responsibility of being caretaker. And so we pass the responsibility on to the new owners, as we move to take care of our next unique place to live.

I really like the concept of being a “caretaker” as opposed to “owner”. It has a completely different feel to it. It takes a position that says “I understand the uniqueness of what I have. I understand my responsibility to take care of, maintain, and pass on to someone else in the future.” By being a caretaker instead of an owner, it means you are willing to look toward the future, and understand that at some point you will give up stewardship. That another individual will take over, and hopefully do as good as, or a better job than you in the future.

Modular 4 is not a house designed and built by someone like Renzo Piano, or Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra, or any other internationally famous architect. It is however, a one of a kind architect designed house, that might have been designed by a future internationally famous architect. More over it is a house that hopefully will be here in a hundred or so years, and will remain true to form no matter how many individuals care for it over time.

Modular 4 is part of an architectural record. A section of a living program with ties beyond its location, it’s inhabitants, the neighborhood, the University of Kansas, and so much more. It is an object that will never be owned, simply cared for until it changes hands again in the future.

Anyone that has ever lived in a space like this, or designed a house like this can relate to what I’m saying here. If you haven’t on either count, think about it. The concept of ownership vs caretaker is pretty simple and applies to so much.

Goodbye Modular 4 we leave you in good hands.

In case you are wondering, this blog will continue with this name, talking about the same stuff I’ve been talking about every day for almost 4 years.

Going, Going, Gone.

Well it’s official. We have sold Modular 4 and will be moving out around the 1st of March.  This means that Kristy and I are embarking on a new adventure and seriously considering downsizing our living space, while trying to live a much more minimalist lifestyle.

Modular 4

So what does this mean for the blog? Not much. I hardly ever post about the house any more so things should continue on as usual. The only real change is, no more posts about Modular 4 after February.

Because we are looking at spaces that are in some cases half the size of what we live in now, this should make for some interesting times in the near future. If anything, it might prepare us for what life would be like if we ever moved to Europe, (something we have talked about) or if we ever decided to move to a city like San Francisco (another thing we have talked about)

In many ways I like the idea of finding a space that is all about utilizing the smallness in the most efficient, well designed way. I’ve always been curious about how to get the most living out of a small space that requires minimum amounts of maintenance and maximizes design form and function. So lets see what the future brings in the next 30 days. It should be interesting to say the least.

The Last One. I Promise.

OK I’m pimping my house again. I promise this is the last post about it being for sale. Seriously I won’t post anything else. Anyway here is a little video of the place. It gives you a little bit better feel for the space, light, open layout, and features etc. If nothing else, it is a testament to the coolness of Modular 4.