Classic Modern Living in the California Desert

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December 13, 2016


As a builder, Avian Rogers knows a diamond in the rough when she sees one. Where some saw just a decaying post-and-beam house, she saw the vast potential left by the home’s designer, famed 1950s architect William Krisel, whose Palm Springs, California, homes are noted for their high-quality construction, large windows and simple floor plans that seamlessly integrate with the outdoors.

Last year, Rogers, an independent contractor in California, spent upward of $200,000 (not counting labor costs) restoring this gem to its present glory. “I wanted to create a soulful, primal kind of vibe that was true to its classic design and embraces the surrounding desert and the San Jacinto Mountains,” she says.

Rogers is not just a contractor; she approaches her projects with a designer’s eye. She’s also a longtime midcentury aficionado and has restored several similarly built houses in her neighborhood.

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