Santa Monica Spanish Gut Remodel

Santa Monica Spanish Gut Remodel - Front view

Front door after re build

Demolition of the old

 

 

Rebuilt new entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out with the old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - framing

A “Gut” remodel/restoration of a turn of the Century Spanish revival home located in Santa Monica.
The house was completely stripped to the “good” studs and rebuilt from the inside out.  As is the case in Los Angeles,
rebuilding a home and bringing it up to current building code standard, requires building from the inside out.  New foundations,
framing and mechanical systems create a new home.

  • Remodel/restoration of Spanish revival home

  • New pool house and custom pool with fountain

  • Complete “Chef’s style” kitchen

  • Unique open beamed ceiling

  • Moroccan tile

  • Plaster ceiling molding

 

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - pool house and pool

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - living room

Kitchen cabinets - rough install

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - happy tradespeople !

 

Testing paint colors

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - finish kitchenSanta Monica Gut Remodel - Moroccan tile and plaster ceiling in the hallwaySanta Monica Gut Remodel - tile risers on stairs

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - Pool houseSanta Monica Gut Remodel - steel column frame for pool house

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - exterior painting

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - gargage for living

 

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - custom driveway gate

Parts and pieces – the front gate and custom wrought iron.

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - craning in trees

Landscaping with large specimen trees being craned onto the site.

FramingSanta Monica Gut Remodel - outdoor fireplace

 

 

 

The Ojai Skinny House

The Ojai Skinny House is a design based on the popular idea of modular housing.  Each time I have tried to do a house using modular technology, it hasn’t worked !  Here are some of the reasons:

  • Final cost was more expensive than building on site
  • Design couldn’t be changed to take advantage of the views
  • Too expensive/difficult to deliver to the site

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35 Questions to Ask Before Buying Vacant Land ?

Are you interested in buying your own piece of earth?  There’s nothing more fabulous than having a few acres of your own, and building your own place from the ground up.   But, buying land, especially in highly regulated areas like California, can be a lot more risky than buying a home.  These days of real estate disclosure for a home buyer have come a long way from the traditional law of “Caveat Emptor” (meaning buyer beware)!  Land, however, does not have the same rules.  I constantly hear stories like:

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“I thought we were buying 80 acres, it turned out we got 65!”

“We had no idea this area was in an ancient landslide.  Its almost impossible to build here.”

“We thought we got an amazing deal, $1m for 120 acres, but it turns out its going to cost another $1m to get to the pad before we can even think of starting the house.”

“We bought a small lot in town and it turns out we can’t get water service so we can’t build!”

Unfortunately there isn’t one place to get answers.  Many local departments are involved and sometimes have conflicting information.

Here are 35 questions you can ask
Or you can get professional help – call me 310 963 7900.

Planning and Zoning

  1. Is it a legal lot? If not, how do I make it legal?
  2. What is the zoning classification of this lot?
  3. Does the Zoning on the property permit my project?
  4. Does the County General Plan permit what I wish to do?
  5. Are any planning permits required prior to building on the lot?
  6. Are there any zoning violations on the lot?
  7. Are there any special building restrictions in this area?
  8. Are there any cultural heritage sites on the property?

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