the westbourne project is entering the final stages and the most fun. it’s where everybody can really start seeing things come together. we’ve completed the design of the master closet which is really luxurious, complete with a custom built island and dresser. we’ll also be installing shoe racks and plenty of hanging space. we’re using FSC, forest stewardship council, walnut. it will be stained a dark color and is sure to look gorgeous. by the way, in answer to the title, the big deal is that we all want them and we all have closet envy…. that, and we never have enough.
if you’re in the los angeles area this weekend be sure to check out the go green expo happening at the los angeles convention center. it is on saturday and sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. there will be lots of green goodies and services advertised there just waiting for your business. as much as i like to think i’m “in the know” about all things green, i admit i didn’t find out about this event until it was too late to get a booth (but have no fear, reside will be exhibiting at our first trade show next month, the home remodelling & decorating & eco-expo show, also happening at the los angeles convention center).
you can also catch mariel hemingway on saturday discussing “how to green your life” and her new book along with other panels discussing ways to incorporate “green” into your daily life. i’ll be there on saturday with the family in tow, so if you see us, please stop us and say hi!
lawrence from glendale, ca writes;
patricia and i want to remodel our kitchen but don’t know how to go about it. we kinda have an idea of the style we want but can’t decide on the specifics. can you help?
lawrence, since you’re in the los angeles area, i’ll be giving a seminar next month on kitchen and bathroom design. be sure to look for details on our website under the seminar tab. in the meantime, a couple of magazines i love for ideas about kitchens and bathrooms are kitchen trends and metropolitan home. expect to spend anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for a new kitchen with custom cabinets and stone countertops. moving walls and opening up spaces will increase the cost. look forward to seeing you at our upcoming seminar!
our LEED project, westbourne, is really starting to come together. we had the insulation installed last week and for the exterior walls and the roof/ceiling we used the blown in from greenfiber as discussed in a previous post. here are a couple of action shots;
step one is installing the mesh on the inside of all the exterior walls.
step two is cutting small holes in the mesh and inserting the vacuum hose and blowing the insualtion in. it took about three days for the complete install.
this is the first in the monthly series of my new SHOUT OUT! blog, in which I’ll be featuring individuals who have done something to deserve praise, such as vendors, subcontractors, clients, employess, or friends.
this month’s SHOUT OUT! goes out to joelle reader of moxie design studios (my wife is still wondering why she’s not my first SHOUT OUT!). without joelle’s help, I wouldn’t be writing this now, nor would any of my website been possible. she was an integral part in developing the new look of reside architecture, inc.
I hired joelle last may but because of her always-in-demand-business, I wasn’t able to begin working with her until october of last year. joelle and her partner, kathy, schedule their work 3 or 4 months out so there is almost always a wait list (well worth the wait, I might add).
when I began looking for a website designer I knew I wanted a clean, cool, modern, and hip look but I had no idea how to get there. I looked around on craigslist and quickly realized how many “part time” web designers there are in the los angeles area. I’m not really a betting man (okay, sometimes i go to vegas and put my home equity line of credit on 00 on the roulette wheel), but if I was, I would bet there are almost as many of these “part-time” web designers as there are actors here. I wanted somebody who was a real pro, who did this as their career.
moxie design studios is great at creating very chic-centric themed websites. when I showed one of my clients the moxie website and said that they would be doing my website, his response was “I don’t see anything on their website that is your style of cool and modern architecture”. I told him I agreed, but there was something about the style or hipness or freshness that moxie design studios was creating that led me to believe they could really do something cool and modern for me. another thing I really liked about them is that, they are specialists at setting up blogs and that was a top consideration for me.
I searched through dozens of architects’ websites and most of them were poorly designed and didn’t show off the work. I saw some great work from other architects, but I either had to click through dante’s inferno to get there or wait longer than my patience would allow for some flash thing to load.
with that said, I was able to give joelle a whole bunch of website links to architects’ websites that i DID NOT want. through one phone conversation at the beginning and everything else being handled via the web and email, somehow she was able to read my mind enough to come up with a layout for my website that is everything I wanted. the orange and grey are hip cool colors, the navigation bar is super easy to use, and the website overall has a very clean, modern feel to it.
joelle reeder is a top notch professional in her field. she takes pride in what she does, has great ideas, and above all is great at servicing the customer. she was always able to respond quickly to my concerns. for the month and a half she was working on my website, I truly felt I was her only client as she really paid attention to everything. thank you joelle!
the new year always brings the new resolutions that we commit to at the beginning of each year. no doubt, on the top of most people’s list, is the committment to get more exercise. with our busy days and family lives, it can be difficult to find time to do just that. also, many people just aren’t in to the gym scene. BUT, one thing everyone can do is go for a hike in your local mountains. for you flatlanders, there is plenty of hiking in your neighborhood, along rivers, along golf courses to name a few. oh yeah, and a trip to the local mall doesn’t count, even if it’s an outdoor mall like the ones that i’m surrounded by here in los angeles.
speaking of los angeles, we’re blessed with sunny weather for a majority of the year and are in close proximity to the ocean, mountains, and desert. as i write this today, it’s a nice 65 degrees out (so why am i inside writing this…). i’m not sure what it is in new hampshire where i grew up and my sister lives (i talked to her the other day and i think she was getting 8 inches of snow while we were on the phone), but there are opportunities there to strap on the snow shoes and enjoy the fresh air. right in our neighborhood are the local santa monica mountains which provide a plethora of hiking opportunities for all levels.
the attached photos are of my son jake who is 2 1/2 years old and loves to hike. he simply has to go outside and breathe the fresh air. on those weekends when we get a late start getting outside, he gets antsy and a little cranky. once we step outside, an instant change takes place (similar to when the incredible hulk changes back to bruce banner, but with a smile and without the ripped clothes). i frequently take jake hiking in the santa monica mountains and i’m committing myself to getting my wife and other son remy out there as well. so exercise shouldn’t be looked at as a dreaded thing on your to do list, it should recharge your batteries, give your body the fresh oxygen it needs. SO with all that said, stop reading right now and go take a hike!
happy new year to all! 2009 is finally here and i’m expecting many good things this coming year. 2009 should be about change, cleaning out the old and starting anew. with that in mind, i’d like to introduce january’s COOL product of the month;
shaklee healthy home cleaning products. shaklee is the number one nutrition company in the united states. YES, they are a corporation, BUT a corporation with a conscience. their web site is fantastic and full of wonderful information about their products and their commitment to the environment. from their website:
“Our mission at Shaklee is to provide a healthier life for everyone and a better life for anyone. We do it by making natural products that are so exceptional, you just have to tell your friends. Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.”
i’ve been using their cleaning products at our home for the past year and i really love them. the best thing about them is that they do not smell. you don’t realize how great that is until you spend the afternoon cleaning and realize you don’t smell anything, no lemony fragrance, no lavender. with two young boys crawling and running around our house, this is a big plus. i especially like the basic h2 cleaning concentrate. you put a few tablespoons in a bottle and fill the rest with water, and voila! you have a safe, non-toxic cleaner for wiping all kinds of surfaces. i will admit the dishwasher detergent wasn’t as effective at getting our dishes sparkly clean so i’m still searching for that product to come along. my recommendation is to spend some time on their website and order a few products to try. most you will love, some you may not, but once you find the products you like, you’ll never dread another cleaning day.
i’ve been trying for the past couple of years to align myself with more environmentally conscious and responsible vendors, contractors, clients, and friends. i’ve also been taking steps at home to improve indoor air quality and shaklee cleaning products help my family in achieving that goal. i don’t get anything for plugging their product, it’s not necessary, the satisfaction of spreading the word and helping others improve their own indoor air quality is enough for me. i believe whatever little steps we take, the world will be a better place. if my little steps can be multiplied by everyone i know, and their little steps can be multiplied by people they know, it just keeps going. here’s to keeping it going in 2009!