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Work Triangle Basics: Getting the Most Out of Your Kitchen

December 1, 2015

Even in a city as laid back as Playa Del Rey, efficiency can be valued as much as lifestyle. When it comes to the kitchen, where space can sometimes be limited, efficiency might even be valued more.

Efficiency in the kitchen used to be measured in steps; now it’s measured in minutes.

Mom grabs a muffin as she dashes out the door in the morning. Bobby races home from basketball practice and throws together a sandwich, munching it along the way to rehearsal for the school play.

American kitchens have to be equipped to handle this fast-paced, everyone-for-themselves shuffle, as well as other modern needs, such as multiple cooks, kids, and crowds.

As a result, the 40-year old commonsense concept of the work triangle (a path linking the three major kitchen components: refrigerator, sink, and cooktop) is undergoing revision. Even thought the basic concept is still sound, designers are beginning to talk about designing a triangle within a triangle to handle both large and small meals.

3 Design Tips for Garages that Match

November 24, 2015

A new garage can solve your storage problems, provide a protected area for your car, and add charm to your property with distinctive architecture.

Siding, roofing, windows, and other finish materials will establish your garage's personality.

There are two roads to travel here.

One is to have the garage match your home as much as possible by using similar materials and matching the rooflines.

The other option is to ignore the style and design of your home completely in lieu of a more eclectic garage design. (Not uncommon back in the 1940s in Westchester, California, where Googie architecture grew in popularity.)

This begs the question: To match or not to match?

4-Part Blueprint for Making Spaces to Entertain

November 17, 2015

Great weather, ocean views, and a relaxed vibe can all be found in the sunny South Bay area. It is a perfect atmosphere for homeowners who enjoy entertaining friends and family from the comfort of their home.

How to Put the “Home” in Home Office

November 3, 2015

According to a study by Telework Research Network, the number of people working from home -- at least once a week -- will reach nearly 50,000,000 by 2018.

7 Things to Consider When Placing Shower Body Sprays

October 27, 2015

Burke Williams of Torrance has been giving South Bay residents relaxing, invigorating massages for years -- but with properly placed shower body sprays, you don’t need to leave your home to get that soothing massage any more.

They are great for sore muscles, aches and pains -- or if you just appreciate the finer things in life, where luxury meets serenity.

Installing shower body sprays is a smart investment for those who want an enhanced showering experience.

Knowing how to place them is the key for maximum bathing bliss.

Transitional Style: How to Get the Best of Two Different Worlds

October 20, 2015

Deciding whether to live in Rolling Hill Estates or in Hermosa Beach implies it is one or the other, not both -- unless you are in a position to have a home in each city.

Add More Space to Your Home Today

October 16, 2015

We all want to add more space to our home, yet it is a luxury and can be a particularly expensive one. Many of us dream of the day when we can expand our homes, add an extension or convert an attic.

It takes no effort to imagine how life could be less chaotic and better organized if only we had a bigger living space, room for a home office, an extra bathroom or a guest bedroom. 

For most people extra living space has traditionally been acquired by moving house, but if you are happy with where you live, the upheaval and expense of moving can be deeply unappealing. The increasingly popular option is to make the most of the space you already have by extending or adapting it to suit your needs. 

And you can do it in two simple steps: 

4 Design Steps to a Private Porch Paradise in The South Bay

October 6, 2015

The front porch; there are few better places to relax before work, or after.

Because of the perfect weather in El Segundo, it is the ultimate place to unwind, decompress and enjoy all that nature has to offer -- this is even more true when you introduce many of the indoor comforts to the outside. 

Take these four steps to create your very own private porch paradise -- a new kind of porch that represents character, design and your unique sense of style for your home:

Home Gym: Planning the Work and Working the Plan

September 29, 2015

Fitness is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business.

Fitness centers, health spas, and gymnasiums are sprouting up across the country to satisfy the public’s desire to “stay in shape” — from the West Coast’s Manhattan Beach, California all the way to the East Coast’s Manhattan, New York. 

But while most homeowners will agree that fitness is important to an abundant life, we often put off a regular exercise program because we don’t have a regular place and time in which to do it.

Perhaps if you had a home gym of your own — ranging from a corner of the bedroom to a complete gymnasium room or outdoor courts — you would find the time to utilize it. 

9 Terrific Tub Styles to Consider for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

September 22, 2015

The restorative powers of a relaxing bath are legendary, which is why homeowners list a deep and luxurious bathtub as one of the most desired features of a new bathroom.

Bathtubs are grouped into two categories: soaking tubs and whirlpool, or air jet tubs.

Do you look forward to beginning your day with a citrus-scented soak? If so, consider a soaking tub that enables you to add bubbles, oils, and salts that would damage the jets of a whirlpool tub. However, if you like pulsating jets of water to massage weary muscles, a whirlpool, or air jet tub, is the one for you.