We're loving the Los Angeles Times' new online format for the Home & Garden section. Its vertical styling makes it easy to track stories from the weekend as well as pick up stories we may have missed during the week: A prefab home in the desert, another prefab that's going up in Runyon Canyon, a look at the fanciful gates that hide Malibu properties and the how to's on a decorative stair stenciling project. Links to these stories and others on the LA Times website, including details for LA residents on the DWP's rebate for ripping up your lawn and planting a dry garden, after the jump...
Prefab: Blue Sky Homes prototype in Yucca Valley: Crossing their fingers that this home will be the prototype for many others, The design, by Palm Springs-based o2 Architecture, developed from a pitch by AEP Span, the company that manufactured the roof. is a kit of parts assembled on site and meant to be both site-specific and flexible enough to work in other settings. The plan's to get the assembly down to six weeks and $200 to $300 a square foot.
Hollywood Hybrid: Marmol Radziner's prefab latest: Scheduled to be craned into place on June 30 atop a 2 story basement constructed on its site, a lot near Runyon Canyon, is this 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 2600 square foot home.
Only in LA: the gates of Malibu: Some of the more jaw-dropping gates of Malibu captured over a 3 day period by LA Times photographer Ken Hively.
DIY: Teresa Keith's elaborate month-long stair stenciling project: Our own Gregory might want to make note of this for the next time he decides to tackle his stair project. Teresa Keith, an assistant art director of Big Love, used stencils to fix the "awful" white painted stairs in her West Hollywood apartment.
[images: Nuvue Interactive / o2 Architecture; Marmol Radziner Prefab; Ken Hively for LAT; Teresa Keith]