If you didn't catch it, "Recycle, Reuse, Re-create" was the theme for this weekend's LA Times "West" magazine's Home Design Issue. The issue featured seven private homes in the Los Angeles area that all had former lives, including a church, power substation, firehouse dormitory, water tower, train car, movie theater, and neighborhood market. Since Southern California land is so desirable, and every available inch is slowly being eaten up, it's great to see people taking a creative stand. Each space has it's own fascinating history and character, as well as providing a certain soul that you just don't find in a traditional tract home. Although re-purposing does have its challenges, each homeowner came up with unique solutions that redefine what a "home" needs to be. Here are some highlights:
• ...a former power station transformation
• ...a Chinatown movie theater now a mixed use complex
• ...An 1875 Carpenter Cothic Church, one of Santa Monica's oldest remaining wood structure, now home to an architect and educator. Check out the website, as it features a cool "360"degree visual tour of each space!