happy new year! welcome 2010!

david 4what a year 2009 has been and with much joy, i’m happy to bid a fond farewell to 2009 and embrace the new year as well as a new decade, 2010! 

2010 will no doubt bring many changes and challenges, but one that i am most excited about is the new company i have created, reside real estate, in partnership with keller williams santa monica. i’m looking forward to extending the reside brand and offering real estate services to first time home buyers as well as seasoned homeowners. look for the reside real estate website coming soon in january! 

i’ll be once again offering “the approachable architect” seminar series beginning with the first one in february called “anatomy of a second story addition”. i’m also proud to announce the creation of “the reside realtor” seminar series with the first seminar happening on january 30 for first time home buyers. details about both series can be found in the left sidebar and please be sure to tell your friends. 

i also launched “the approachable architect podcast” a few short months ago and have already received over 1800 plays/downloads! so i’m very excited to have found an audience and will soon be airing “the reside realtor podcast” in january to discuss real estate related issues. i have to say i love doing the podcasts and interviewing some very interesting people about some very interesting topics. it gives me great pleasure to be able to put out great content and to receive many positive responses in return. 

finally, i’d like to take a moment and thank my readers, listeners, clients, friends, and family who have supported me over the past year. i look forward to many continued relationships and welcome the opportunitues in 2010 with open arms. have a happy new year!

014. approachable architect podcast – best of the blog

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episode 014. best of the blog

  • in this special year end episode, i read 2 of my favorite articles from the approachable architect blog. the first article was posted in march as part of the get outdoors! go camping! series and is about the camping trip that i took with my son jake to leo carillo state park. the second article was posted in july and is about my dad and is appropriately titled, maybe my dad was right after all. these two articles are very special to me and i am honored to be able to share them in this podcast. i also want to thank my listeners and wish everyone a happy new year!

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

013. approachable architect podcast – 5 gyres and plastic pollution with anna cummins and marcus eriksen

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episode 013. 5 gyres and plastic pollution with anna cummins and marcus eriksen

  • in this episode i interview researchers, environmentalists, and husband and wife duo anna cummins and marcus eriksen. we discuss what exactly is a gyre and the 5 main gyres in our world’s oceans and the plastic soup that is becoming more common in our oceans. we discuss anna and marcus’ amazing research work of the north pacific gyer and how they try and educate politicians, the public , and school children on the dangers of disposable plastic. we also discuss the fact that disposable plastic and recycling is not a closed loop system and why a great deal of plastic waste finds its way into our oceans endangering sea life and ultimately humanity here on land. we also discuss eric’s cool plastic boat  called “junk” that he built and sailed from long beach to hawaii to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem. we also discuss their upcoming trip to explore the north atlantic gyre in january 2010. you can find more information about anna and marcus’ efforts at www.junkraft.com and www.algalita.org as well as follow along on their upcoming journey to the north atlantic gyre at www.5gyres.org.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

 

012. approachable architect podcast – the homeowner & the real estate agent

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episode 012. the homeowner & the real estate agent

  • in this episode i interview seasoned real estate agents, courtney smith and kurt wisner of nourmand and associates in hollywood, ca. we discuss the different roles a real estate agent can play, from a buyer’s agent to a seller’s agent and the differences between each. we also discuss the best way to find a real estate agent and the 3 most important criteria you should consider when looking for an agent to help you with your needs. we also discuss the importance of obtaining pre-approval from a lender before beginning the home buying process as well as discuss the home buying process in california including escrow and its requirements. finally we discuss the state of the market in los angeles and what to look for in 2010. you can find more information about courtney smith and kurt wisner at www.courtney-smith.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

011. approachable architect podcast – eco-renovating with darren moore, ecovations part 2

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episode 011. eco-renovating with darren moore, ecovations, part 2

  • in this second part of our special two-part podcast, we continue our discussion with eco-mcguyver, darren moore and talk about the importance of the burgeoning industry of home performance inspection as well as the cost of having an inspection performed and the costs associated with a having a retro-fit performed on your existing home. we also discuss his work on television for the “alter eco” show on planet green featuring adrian grenier of HBO’s entourage, and his (hopefully) soon to be upcoming appearance on “let’s make a deal” where he will be giving some lucky audience member a mini-retrofit of their home. darren also talks about his preference to not have a dumpster on a job site as well as why everyone should install a whole house water filtration system in their home. finally, darren discusses working with ed begley’s jr’s organization, www.greenwishing.org. for more information on darren moore, please visit www.ecovations.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

check out our “green lifestlyle modules” page

davidi just created a new tab on the website called “green“. yes groundbreaking news, right? and original too. i created and put together 5 green lifestyle modules several months ago but had them hidden under the services tab until i could figure out what to do with them. so i had my web designer create a new tab called “green” and when you scroll over it, it turns green. again groundbreaking. you can click on each module or icon and find out more information about each module.

the 5 green lifestyle modules are designed to provide information for homeowners interested in building green. they were also put together because it’s important that we look at the building as a whole, as a living breathing thing. i’ll also be rolling out some videos in the near future explaining the green lifestlye modules in further detail.

i hope you enjoy the information!

010. approachable architect podcast – eco-renovating with darren moore, ecovations part 1

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episode 010. eco-renovating with darren moore, ecovations, part 1

  • in this special two part podcast, i make a big announcement about branching out and establishing “reside real estate”. i also interview darren moore, ecoxecutive of ecovations in venice, california. join us as darren discusses being born into the building industry and learning the value of hard work early in life. he also explains how he had his mid life crisis in his mid-twenties and travelled the world for two years, one of which was spent living in india after his visa expired. we also discuss the pivotal moment that happened in australia when darren discovered his true calling in life, getting involved in the green building movement in a big way. he’s eco-renovated ed begley jr.’s home, was a host on planet green’s “alter eco” with fellow eco-activist adrian grenier of entourage fame, and is currently spreading the word about the importance of retro-fitting existing homes to become more green. we also begin a discussion of  the growing business of home performance inspection. we cover so much material, it had to be split into two episodes. you can find more information about darren at www.ecovations.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

009. approachable architect podcast – sustainable flooring choices with robert rickun, carpet design

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episode 009. sustainable flooring choices with robert rickun, carpet design

  • in this podcast i welcome some new facebook friends and read comments from the previous episode. i also interview sustainable flooring expert, robert rickun of carpet design in west hollywood, california. we discuss why wool is the best choice for environmentally friendly carpeting, the luxurious feeling of alpaca rugs, and the petroleum based nylon carpets and why you should avoid them. we also discuss sustainable choices for hardwood floors and discuss the different types available, finished on site, pre-finished, and pre-engineered and the pros and cons of each type and discuss those liquidator type stores as all flooring is certainly not created equal. we also discuss how to choose FSC (forest stewardship council) hardwood flooring. most importantly, we talk about the priority that should be given to indoor air quality and how to make smarter material choices for your home. you can find more information about robert rickun and carpet design at www.naturalfloorcovering.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

 

008. approachable architect podcast – airstreams and the open road with uwe salwender, area 63 productions

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episode 008. airstsreams and the open road with uwe salwender, area 63 productions

  • in this podcast i interview vintage airstream trailer restorer, uwe salwender of area 63 productions. join us as we discuss all things airstream, including how uwe became involved in the business after his rock-n-roll career in the custom guitar business and the restoration of his ’63 overlander that started it all. we also discuss things to look for when buying a vintage airstream trailer, what’s a good trailer size for a family of 4, what the difference is between “full hookups” and “boondocking”, and the costs of getting into airstreams. and yes, they still make those. for more information about uwe salwender and area 63 productions, please visit www.area63productions.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.