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MATERIALS FOR DECKS

Choosing deck materials is a very personal matter. Hence, there’s no “best material” that’s best for all clients. Each material has it’s unique properties. It’s own set of trade-offs. By analogy, a new Korean compact SUV is the best choice for one driver, a...

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DRIVEWAY TIME

Pavers are the elite-level solution for driveway upgrades, coming in a dazzling variety of materials, shapes, colors, and sizes. The design possibilities are limited only by imagination and, of course, budget.  Some of the clay, brick, and natural stone pavers can...

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PERGOLA PRIMER

The word “pergola” came down to us from the late Latin “pergula," and to Spanish as “la pérgola," and all three refer to the same thing. A pergola was a great thing in Roman times and is today, too. Useful, versatile, economical, sturdy, and when adequately styled and...

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OASIS SPACES

A place apart from the frantic world, out of doors but sheltering. Secluded, though not barricaded. Comforting and comfortable.  A tract of peace, away from it all. An oasis. The word and the idea come down to us from the caravan trade routes through the vast deserts...

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BEAUTY AND THE BATHROOM

Bathrooms are the most purely functional spaces in a home, rooms where business is taken care of, and that’s pretty much it. Above all else, bathrooms and everything in them have to work. That said, we do spend between 2 and 3 years of our lives, all told, in the...

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ABOUT THOSE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

A couple of years ago the Los Angeles Times reported on outdoor kitchens as trend gaining traction here in SoCal, spotlighting the high-end projects being ordered by our town's rich and fabulous. The article noted that innovations in materials and design had paved the...

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3D MODELING AND RENDERING

One of the all-time great trickle-downs from the space program is the availability of 3D modeling for everyone. Like everything related to computers, it started as a super-expensive software program supported by computers that filled rooms, but now is an affordable...

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FLOOR REMODELING BEST PRACTICES

The decision to redo a floor is a big one. The financial costs are, of course, significant. The convenience costs are hard to put a number to, depending on factors like the scope of the project, the impact on daily life due to loss of use of the spaces being redone,...

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DECK US ALL

Building a deck to a Southern California home is one of the best upgrades you can make in terms of return on investment (ROI) at resale. The national average ROI for new decks is 80%, but our near-perfect year-round weather kicks that up to around 100%. It's a case of...

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