Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It was originally built for Navarro's assistant, (and reported lover) Louis Samuel... but here's the kicker: When Ramon Navarro caught Samuel embezzling money from him, reportedly leaving Navarro with only $160, Samuel agreed to turn over ownership of the property to Navarro to pay him back and to avoid prosecution. Navarro was pretty famous at the time, and didn't want his private life in the press, apparently.
Not too far away is Lloyd Wright's Sowden house, where some think the Black Dahlia murder may have occurred.
If you would like to see this property, or similar properties on the market, don't hesitate to email us or give us a call at 323-877-2040. More pics here.
Listing courtesy of Aaron Kirman, Hilton & Hyland.
Friday, March 22, 2013
We have been trying to find good wood for our new floors, but keep running into outrageous prices... often more than $12 a square foot. Luckily, last week we found Granada Millwork in Pacoima. The mill is huge- you could walk around for hours. Granada Millwork’s showroom displays high end lumber products and offers custom milling, flooring, reclaimed lumber, mouldings and timbers. The selection of reclaimed flooring is endless. The showroom is where Granada's Mike Long will educate you on all the different options for reclaimed flooring. They have installations on the walls that demonstrate what the finished product will look like. After you’ve made your decision, Mike will walk you to the other end of the mill and show you how the floors are made. It’s amazing to find an operation like this in the Valley.And their prices are great. We found reclaimed Douglas Fir for $3.75 a square foot. They also have flooring installers and an in house furniture maker for that unique dining room table or kitchen backsplash you’ve always envisioned. Mike, a forestry expert, spent half the day discussing different species of wood and different treatments and finishes that are available. It's a pretty amazing place, and a great find for affordable reclaimed wood. Here is their site: http://granadamillwork.com/
Monday, March 4, 2013
Check out this great article in the Business Section of the LA Times about Partners Trust and our founding Partner, Nick Segal.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
We were able to see Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House, circa 1946, which you can see in the picture above. It is probably the second-most famous architectural home in America after Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Pretty amazing that the same guy, Edgar Kaufmann, a department store guy from Pittsburgh, owned both properties.
It is fun to drive around the nicer neighborhoods of Palm Springs, looking at the amazing collection of Mid-Century homes. Our neighborhood, in Upper Nichols Canyon, is one of the only areas we know in Los Angeles where you can find a similar collection of properties. We were also able to see Frank Sinatra's former home, from outside, at least. You can rent it for $2,600 a night if you want to live like Sinatra for a night or two.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
So far, we have only painted the living room. We really need to get rid of this white vinyl flooring tile... it is covered in paw prints all the time.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We also made our own concrete counter tops using guidelines from Cheng Design in Berkeley. While this took a few weeks from start to finish, it ultimately saved us almost $10,000 when compared with comparable counter tops. We took very precise measurements and built the templates and forms in our garage. We then proceeded to forget to flip them over, even though we were warned repeatedly about this, and had to start over. Then we rented a concrete mixer locally, and poured the counter tops ourselves. Once "cured," the largest piece, with steel rebar to reinforce the narrow parts in front and back of the sink, weighed almost 700 lbs and took 8 people to move from the garage to the kitchen. It was a major production, but ultimately well worth it.
We made an effort to do everything we could in a sustainable manner. Some of the "green" elements in our construction:
- "NO VOC" Paint on all walls and ceilings
- All High-Efficiency Energy Star Appliances, including the most efficient washer, dishwasher, and fridge on the market. (20+ year old appliances donated to neighbor who needed them...)
- Tile from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito
- Concrete Countertops- made ourselves using Cheng Design Guidelines
- GreenQuest Cabinets from Crystal Cabinets- FSC-Certified, 100%-recycled wood with no Formaldehyde.
- Reclaimed wood flooring from Northcal Wood in Ukiah
- "NO-VOC" water-based wood stain for all flooring
- Recycling of all construction debris
- Reclaimed wood and steel vanity for master bath
- Low flow, dual-flush toilets in both baths
- Low-flow shower heads in both baths
- Motion-detector lights in both baths that go off with no motion (makes reading in the bath difficult, at times...)
- Outdoor Motion-detector lights on both porches and entryway
|Heath Ceramics "Oval" Tile|
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|kitchen (and master bath downstairs)|
We decided to create our own concrete counter tops for a couple of different reasons. For one thing, they are a lot more "Earth-friendly" than granite, Caesarstone, or other options we found. We also had a large area of counter space to deal with- a complete "U" shape that took up the whole kitchen... so when we priced out the materials we liked we were getting quotes above $10,000. After everything else we had done this was just too expensive for us. We had always been interested in trying to do concrete counters and had been following Fu Tung Cheng and the amazing work he was doing with Concrete Exchange and Cheng Design in Berkeley, so we decided to try his method. If you ever decide to do this please don't hesitate to contact us because we learned a lot. It was fun but not always easy.
The basic steps for the counters: We took really precise measurements once the GreenQuest cabinets were in, and then made templates for each counter piece we would be putting in. Because they are concrete, they get incredibly heavy, with the largest piece (the one around the sink, with steel rebar reinforcement for the narrow area in front and behind the sink) weighing in at almost 700 lbs! We then made "forms" out of old Melamine in order to create a smooth surface. We had six separate pieces to make, so we had to make six forms. We then rented a concrete mixer, somehow managed to fit it in our small jeep, and had a couple of very interesting and messy days mixing the concrete and pouring them in the forms. (We needed something like twenty 80-lb bags of concrete mix...) Once they had "cured" after about 4 days we were able to remove the forms and move them to the kitchen. We then had to polish and wax them. We really love how they turned out- we really like the rough edges and smooth tops. We finished polishing them and waxing them the day before we moved in. After that we installed the oval tile from Heath Ceramics... literally as the movers were bringing in furniture.
|The Finished Product|
Friday, March 25, 2011
When we purchased this investment property, it was in need of a total remodel, and had not been updated since 1946! We completely gutted the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms, and added an Energy-Star efficient saline pool and beautiful landscaping in the back yard. We also added a tankless water heater for additional gas efficiency, as well as fencing and a toolshed. Follow the link to see pictures of the construction and the "big dig" for the pool, including the addition of rebar and concrete prior to adding tile from Walker Zanger. Here are some pictures of the pool construction in all the different stages- The "Big Dig," the steel rebar and plumbing, the gunite and tile ready for water, and the finished project:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
We really had our hands full here. We were trying to live in this house and remodel it from top to bottom at the same time. The house had not been updated since 1946 and really needed a lot of work. Ultimately we had to move out to another investment property while we did the kitchen and master bathroom. In the end we gutted the kitchen and both bathrooms down to the studs, put in all new cabinets, Energy-Star appliances, counter tops, and a tankless water heater. We also refinished the original floors in a nontraditional fashion with some creative paint and stain work.
|"Butler's Pantry" - After|
|Master Bath- After|
|"Butler's Pantry" -Before|
|Master Bath- Before|
|Kitchen - After|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011