ISSUE 8  |  Black & White Accents

Architect Visit: Nick Noyes Flexahouse for

February 23, 2009 4:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

To be filed under Best Design Idea we've seen in a while: San Francisco architect and AIA award-winner Nick Noyes' Flexahouse for Inspired by the works of California greats Joseph Esherick and Clifford May, who applied the principles of modernism to modest family dwellings, Noyes has devised a "flexible house plan based on key design elements." A spacious central living area—integrating kitchen and living/dining rooms—anchors three variations on the theme, which can be tailored to different needs. By adding more bedrooms, changing the orientation of the garage, or choosing siding (shingle, board-and-batten, stucco) and roofing options (standing seam metal or composition shingle), you can create still more variations.'s staff architects and engineers work with clients to tailor the Flexahouse plans to specific sites; go to for more information, and read former Sunset editor Dan Gregory's piece about the Flexahouse at Houseplans Editor's Blog.