Architect/contractor from California builds colorful home in Israel

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Mar• 13•08

Israelhouse_2Michael Abel, an architect and contractor from California, and his Israeli-born wife Nava, built and decorated this 1,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the town of Zichron Yaacov, Israel, which overlooks the Mediterranean.

This is from an article in the New York Times.

The article says that many of the building materials, including interior doors, were found discarded on piles at other construction sites, and that wood shelving and built-in desks in the kids’ rooms were made from salvaged wood.

Nava Abel is an artist and art teacher (she studied at California College of the Arts) and she sees her house as a palette.

For those of us intimidated by bold color, this house could be a catalyst to a more daring use of hues, or an affirmation that off-white is all right after all.

Do you love that painted concrete floor in the hallway (seen in the bottom photo)?

Read the whole article and see more photos.

(Photos: New York Times)

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  1. Shira Abel says:

    Her name is Nava, not Neva, and if you like her work you can see more here:
    Shira Abel-Shvo
    (Michael Abel’s sister)

  2. Kathy Price-Robinson says:

    Shira, I made the correction, and put a hot link from the story to Nava’s site. Thank you!

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