LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 08.16.08

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 08.16.08

Abby Stone
Aug 16, 2008

atla-081608-hg01.jpgThis week, we asked how you mix it up and blogged about putting it into practice (click here and here and here). That mindset can become especially important if you're a modernist who's just purchased a period home. How do you reconcile your needs while maintaining the house's integrity? In this week's feature story, the Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section looks at how one couple in Santa Monica answered just this question when they tackled their 1932 hacienda's renovation. This home may strike a familiar chord with those of you who subscribe to Maxwell's e-mails; you'll recognize some of the things he's highlighted, put into practice here: a chalkboard, open shelving in the kitchen, green ideas (thick adobe walls, long eaves and low tile roof lessen the need for air conditioning; new skylights in the roof provide natural lighting) that decrease the reliance on energy, and a number of items (concrete islands, furniture) that were designed and built by the couple themselves. Other articles of interest this week include instructions on how to build a dog ramp, a debate over whether tankless water heaters reduce energy; and, among other things, The Scout finds a rocking chair we love and showcases an enclave of design stores in West Hollywood. Links, after the jump...

A Modern Relic: A 1932 Hacienda Updated in Santa Monica; to see the slideshow, click here; to see a list of resources, click here

How to Build a Dog Ramp

Tankless Water Heaters Don't Always Reduce Energy Bills

The Scout

[Images: Irfan Kahn; Ken Hively; Don Bartlett; Ken Hively; Bob Chamberlin; all for LA Times]

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