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Christoph Kaiser was our landlord back in 2010 when Zack and I first moved to downtown Phoenix. The three houses he owns on Pierce Street opened doors to over ten rental spaces in the small, artist-friendly Garfield District. There's the space we lived in: a craftsman bungalow-turned-duplex with an apartment in the attic space above and down the street, another renovated bungalow where he rented rooms and a similar attic space apartment. In my backyard, Christoph took an old silo and turned it into a living space (the finished product was featured in Dwell) and in the backyard of the other home was an Airstream trailer converted into a living space as well.

But the photos you see here aren't from either of those spaces. These photos are from his personal home - the "Big House" as we called it - where he now lives with his wife Shauna and her father Allen. To give you a little back story: before we moved into the duplex, I met Christoph at the Big House where a friend of mine was living at the time. I've always had a knack for home design and what not, but this, this was the first space I walked in to where it truly clicked for me. At this time, my experience with well-designed homes was that they were not meant for enjoyment; they were meant to be kept immaculate and featured in design magazines. But as I walked into Christoph's home, I felt uniquely at ease and comfortable. You could drink a can of PBR on his pristine vintage couch without fear of spilling or creating a ring on his table. It was the first time that good design and true hospitality went hand-in-hand for me. 

Despite being incredibly happy in Brooklyn, I'm fairly positive that if Zack and I were told this home was available we would pack our bags and move in a heartbeat. What's so special about the properties Christoph owns is that they are their own little community, we called it "Christoph-town". We gathered at his home for family dinners, set up our own block parties on our street, watched special events in his living room and as tenants moved in and out: we developed relationships, found jobs through one another and created a unique sense of home. We were in our early twenties and Zack was finishing up his degree at ASU at the time, and while we were adults, we still enjoyed the extended home that is and was "Christoph-town".

 This home was built in 1907 and is a Grand Pyramid Cottage. The walls inside and out are double brick which Christoph loves and appreciates because they are "old school SOLID." He purchased the home in 2002 and has lived there ever since with the exception of 2012-2015 when he and his wife completed and lived in the silo house.  

This home was built in 1907 and is a Grand Pyramid Cottage. The walls inside and out are double brick which Christoph loves and appreciates because they are "old school SOLID." He purchased the home in 2002 and has lived there ever since with the exception of 2012-2015 when he and his wife completed and lived in the silo house.  

 When I asked Christoph, "What would you change about the space?" he answered, "I do wish the home was more efficient.  Huge single pane windows bring incredible light into the house, but yield pricey electric bills.  The house is nearly 2500 square feet and has three AC units.  Someday I hope to get insulated windows."

When I asked Christoph, "What would you change about the space?" he answered, "I do wish the home was more efficient.  Huge single pane windows bring incredible light into the house, but yield pricey electric bills.  The house is nearly 2500 square feet and has three AC units.  Someday I hope to get insulated windows."

 Most furniture in the house has been designed by Christoph himself. If you're interested in one of these incredible tables you see here or any other custom pieces check his site out  here . 

Most furniture in the house has been designed by Christoph himself. If you're interested in one of these incredible tables you see here or any other custom pieces check his site out here

 His designs are inspired by BDDW, Charles and Ray Eames, and historic Puritan and Shaker furniture designs. Christoph and Shauna also shop at Design within Reach when they can afford it.

His designs are inspired by BDDW, Charles and Ray Eames, and historic Puritan and Shaker furniture designs. Christoph and Shauna also shop at Design within Reach when they can afford it.

 Photographed here is the attic space of the home (my favorite part). When I met Christoph, this was his living space and these photos are reflective of that time. Recently, he has started the renovation process to make this strictly his workspace, but I really love that I was able to share it as I remember it. He mentioned to me that once the renovation process is complete the bottom of the staircase will be buried in a wall of cabinets that hinge out, but only if you know where to push. He feels as though this will keep his workspace a little more separate, but still easily accessible. Crossing my fingers I'll have the chance to share the renovation with you as well. 

Photographed here is the attic space of the home (my favorite part). When I met Christoph, this was his living space and these photos are reflective of that time. Recently, he has started the renovation process to make this strictly his workspace, but I really love that I was able to share it as I remember it. He mentioned to me that once the renovation process is complete the bottom of the staircase will be buried in a wall of cabinets that hinge out, but only if you know where to push. He feels as though this will keep his workspace a little more separate, but still easily accessible. Crossing my fingers I'll have the chance to share the renovation with you as well. 

 As someone who works from home quite a bit I desperately understand how difficult it can be at times to see your desk from your bed. And while he is currently making strides to keep his home and work life separate, I feel as though he did an incredible job of creating a flow between his personal space and workspace in this loft. 

As someone who works from home quite a bit I desperately understand how difficult it can be at times to see your desk from your bed. And while he is currently making strides to keep his home and work life separate, I feel as though he did an incredible job of creating a flow between his personal space and workspace in this loft. 

 Christoph shared with me that he has never been able to find out too much information on the original home owner. All he knows is that it was a doctor who lived there, so if anyone out there knows the story (although he doubts anyone does) feel free reach out and fill us in. I know he would love to have a little more history. 

Christoph shared with me that he has never been able to find out too much information on the original home owner. All he knows is that it was a doctor who lived there, so if anyone out there knows the story (although he doubts anyone does) feel free reach out and fill us in. I know he would love to have a little more history. 

 The backyard is like nothing else I've see in downtown Phoenix. Overgrown in the best way possible, lots of mix-matched chairs, and plenty of space for entertaining. Most folks in the area settle with rocks and dirt for their backyard spaces so this truly is a gem. 

The backyard is like nothing else I've see in downtown Phoenix. Overgrown in the best way possible, lots of mix-matched chairs, and plenty of space for entertaining. Most folks in the area settle with rocks and dirt for their backyard spaces so this truly is a gem. 

 Photographed here is Christoph Kaiser himself. He is an architect and designer living in Phoenix, AZ. To shop his furniture collection, view his past and present projects and to contact him directly visit his  website . 

Photographed here is Christoph Kaiser himself. He is an architect and designer living in Phoenix, AZ. To shop his furniture collection, view his past and present projects and to contact him directly visit his website


All photos provided by Christoph Kaiser.