LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 09.27.08

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 09.27.08

Abby Stone
Sep 27, 2008

atla-09208-hng01.jpgPractically speaking, Los Angeles shouldn't even exist. Naturally a desert, water has to be piped in, homes are cantilevered on shaky hills, earthquakes and wildfires constantly threaten to bring it all crashing down. Two articles in this week's Los Angeles Times take a close look at the first two issues; The Scout spotlights an item made from the ravages of third. In the first, Susan Carpenter shares her experiences installing a gray water system; in the second, a home in the Palisades solves a common challenge of hillside homes. More details, peeks and links, after the jump...

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When you own your own home, all of those little things that didn't matter so much when you were a renter start to add up, including water. Suddenly, you find yourself taking shorter showers, fewer baths, watering your garden less. Being green is only one aspect of your new found water conservatisim; another aspect is the disappearance of the green in your pocket. Reusing gray water to care for your garden seems like a no-brainer. But, as Susan Carpenter puts it, "...translating desire into action is often problematic..." and the complex codes governing waste water don't help. Read Gray water: A do-it-yourselfer installs a rerouting system for tips, sources and instructions (including a video!). For gray water permit details, click here.

LA's divided into three types of homes: the flats, beachfront property and the hills. The second two have one thing in common; they're built on angled sites which often means sacrificing light. Predock Frane Architects challenged themselves to overcomes this challenge; their home for client Richard Loring is an astonishingly light and breezy space. For the full story, click herehere.

We love house tours because they allow us to take a look at how each person puts a unique stamp on their space. A new column, The Building, will compare how neighbors with similar floor plans put a personal spin on home. Loft living with touches of glam at the Broadway Hollywood kicks off the series, with peeks at three different residences within the landmark building at Hollywood and Vine, including Dave Navarro's pad.

Lamps made from wood ravaged by wildfires? The Scout finds them and more!

[image: Lori Shepler for LA Times; Don Kelsen; Lori Shepler for LA Times; Ringo H.W. Chiu for LA Times; David A. Keeps for LA Times]

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