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Method Homes and the Monogram Modern Home

Written by Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes

Method Homes is a modern prefab builder based out of Seattle that focuses on well-designed, sustainable homes that are built offsite with a high level of craftsmanship and architectural detailing.

We were thrilled to receive a call from Dwell discussing the possibility of building the Modern Monogram Home. As these things tend to materialize quickly, the timeline for design and construction was extremely tight. The Method, Dwell and Monogram teams worked in conjunction with the architects at Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture to turn around a a fully engineered design and specifications over the course of several weeks instead of the months it would normally take. This is a testimony to the shared vision for the home and the design sensibility of the whole team.

It is important for Method Homes to remain innovative in the home-building space. The collaboration with Monogram enabled us to focus on innovation by using state of the art appliances, a commercial double wall siding system, accordion doors and expansive window and door packages, and by designing a home that could withstand travel and multiple installations.

Method Homes learned a lot about the logistics of a multi-city tour through the Monogram Modern Home experience and it was gratifying to see the reactions of all that visited in every city. The feedback we received is that visitors were impressed with the quality and materials in the home. We were pleased to see the home looking none the worse for all the travel when it got to it’s final tour stop in Boston. The home held up remarkably well and looked as new as when it left our plant months earlier.

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Inside the Monogram Modern Home in Portland, Oregon

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Outside the Monogram Modern Home in Portland, Oregon


Exterior of the Monogram Modern Home in Austin, Texas


Construction of the Monogram Modern Home at Method Homes facility

Construction of the Monogram Modern Home at Method Homes facility

Interview with Monogram Modern Home Chef Hayley Christopher

As you may remember, Monogram partnered with Dwell earlier this year on the Monogram Modern Home – a custom, 825 square foot home which showcased the craftsmanship and innovative features of Monogram’s newest and most popular high-end appliances. Over the course of six months, the Monogram Modern Home traveled to Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas and Boston. In each location Chef Hayley Christopher prepared delicious treats and appetizers for guests using the Monogram kitchen appliances. We interviewed Chef Hayley to learn a little more about her and her experience on the Monogram Modern tour.

Chef Hayley Christopher in the Monogram Modern home kitchen in Boston, Massachuetts

Chef Hayley Christopher in the Monogram Modern home kitchen in Boston, Massachusetts

SRFD: What did you learn participating in the tour?

Chef Hayley: The Monogram Modern Home tour (MMHT) was such a fabulous experience and unique opportunity for me as a chef. I have worked in catering for six years now and television for four, in both of those environments you learn to adapt quickly and “figure it out or make it work.” Since the tour was centered around an actual home traveling across the country, we had times where the house hit traffic, couldn’t get in the city, or had mechanical issues. I really had to put those adaptability skills to the test. Each city was different and awesome in it’s own way, but no two were the same so the approach couldn’t be either. The old adage proved true, you never stop learning or adapting. I think I really tapped in to my “go with the flow” mentality and just had fun enjoying the ride of the MMHT. It always worked out and blossomed into a great tour stop, creating valuable connections with the community.

SRFD: Any Advantium tips you’d like to share?

Chef Hayley: The Advantium is hands down my favorite piece of equipment in the Monogram Modern Home. The versatility of it allows you to multi-task in the kitchen and get back to the real reason people cook, allowing you to enjoy time with family and friends. No gimmicks, this oven can microwave popcorn, reheat a casserole, speed-cook a whole chicken, and perfectly cook a moist piece of fish with crispy skin. The guess-work is taken out of cooking so you don’t have to be a chef to operate it. Play with it is what I’d say, step back and let it cook for you, I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do!

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Monogram Advantium, wall oven and French door bottom freezer refrigerator in the Monogram Modern Home kitchen


SRFD: What’s your background and how did you come to participate in the tour?

Chef Hayley: I am a chef by trade and have been working the hospitality industry for over ten years. A natural transition in Los Angeles was to television where I work as a chef, food and prop stylist, providing picture-perfect dishes for shows and cookbooks. Through catering, I cooked many events for Dwell Media and was delighted when they asked me to hop on board with this project. I am currently self-employed, owning and operating Haystack Kitchen LLC, which specializes in private chef services and food/prop styling.

SRFD: Favorite experience during the tour?

Chef Hayley: I had the privilege of working with many farm to table chefs over my career who taught me the importance and benefits of cooking seasonally. When I was asked to do this tour, I was elated about the idea of cooking seasonally in each city and drawing from local, native cooking styles. I’d seek out those local ingredients, some of which were indigenous to their location, draw from local influences and put my own California twist on it. Creating these menus was so much fun and I really got to geek out with it, researching and cultivating truly unique menus for each stop. The specialty cocktail in Dallas, for instance, used not only seasonal produce but also liquor from a local distillery to really make it personal. You just don’t get that experience cooking in one place all the time, I absolutely loved that challenge!

SRFD: Most frequently asked question?

Chef Hayley: It’s a tie between, “do you cook at home?” and “what’s your favorite thing to cook?” Oh man, everyone always wants to know that and it drives chefs crazy. I love to cook, but I also love to experience other people’s cooking styles by eating out. I am so fortunate that as a chef my “research” is both consumable and sociable, so needless to say I definitely try and take advantage of that.

SRFD: Any cities you would recommend the tour should visit?

Chef Hayley: If I’m selfishly planting a seed for some fabulous locations that I can play with pristine ingredients, I’d say Colorado for sure. The South, I love the south and try to get down to see my Godmother in Mississippi yearly, the culture, food and people are just so vibrant down there … Perhaps, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, heck, New Orleans. Honestly, anywhere would be fun…that’s the beauty of the States, so diverse, I’m just happy to be a traveling chef for a bit and get out of my comfort zone.


Delicious appetizers created by Chef Hayley at the Monogram Modern Home in Phoenix

Dwell and Monogram team up to take modern across America

Visiting a showroom, browsing the Internet, and flipping through beloved design magazines are all great avenues to find new appliances and compare models and features side-by-side. With Dwell’s 11 platforms, however, the experience of exploring the latest in modern design extends far beyond dog-eared pages and bookmarked search engine results. Understanding that design-savvy consumers and industry professionals can quickly become inundated with information about designing the hub of the modern home—the kitchen—Dwell and Monogram are bringing the experience to life through the Monogram Modern Home.

mainhub-header-cap-rightOne of the leaders in prefab construction, Method Homes, partnered with Dwell and Monogram to build a custom 1,100-square-foot home to showcase the craftsmanship and innovative features of Monogram’s newest and most popular high-end appliances. Over the course of six months, the Monogram Modern Home will travel to key markets where Dwell and Monogram will host influencer events, consumer tours with product demos, and continuing education opportunities for the trade audience.

The event series kicks off in Portland in April, and will travel to a new city each month—including Los Angeles for Dwell on Design in May and then on to Phoenix, Dallas and Austin—before concluding the cross-country tour in Boston in September. Known for superior design, Monogram appliances are manufactured with high-quality materials and are innovative and intuitive—always with the consumer’s myriad needs in mind.

Join us on our journey and see when and where we’ll be stopping near you!