Smart Design for Mudslides

Part 2 of our 2-part series on Natural Disasters in Southern California and what can be done to protect your home. See part 1 of our series on how to protect yourself against wildfires. The recent mudslides in Santa Barbara …

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How to Minimize Fire Risk with Smart Design

Flame Resistant Design Starting in December 2017 and continuing into 2018, the largest fire in modern California history spread through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties–destroying more than a thousand structures located on 281,000+ acres. The threat of wildfires is scary. …

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Alternatives to Wood Slat Structures

Steel Rather Than Wood As a design-build firm, we are constantly focused on the integrity of the materials we use as well as the sustainability and the longevity of those materials when determining what to use to achieve our design …

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Fire, Earth, Water and Wind

Bringing Nature into the Design of a Modern Style Home This week we are featuring some design elements of the recently completed Sunset, Pacific Palisades Project. The homeowners wanted a modern style home, but wanted it to feel warm and …

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Sculptural Staircase Ladder (and Bookcase)

Converting an attic to usable space requires two things. First, you need the proper ceiling height to make the space usable and second you need a way to access the space. We recently completed an extensive, whole house remodel at …

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Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes

After a recent client meeting in Rancho Palos Verdes, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places, the Wayfarers Chapel. A creation of renowned architect Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chapel is considered one …

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Perfect Perch for the Pet Pooch

The Family Dog As architects and builders, we deliberate over every aspect of a home. From the overall size, proportion, and feel of the space, we try to think through every scenario for the people for whom we are building …

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A Vanity Is An Island Unto Itself…

Master Bath Vanity Island Why are bathroom vanities always against the wall? This standard configuration may work for most, but one of our clients wanted to take a different approach to the conventional bathroom layout. Our client stated that looking …

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