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We filmed another episode of “Bang for Your Buck” at the Rhee house this last week. Again Jamie Durie was the landscape expert and Lauren Sparks was the Realtor. They walk through the space and decide if we did a good job and if Eugene will get his money back should he decide to sell the house in the future.

They were pretty easy on us overall. I was expecting more criticism, actually, but most of the constructive criticism was all stuff that Eugene and I knew they were going to bring up.

Right now our episode is the 13th in the lineup, so it won’t air for another 4-5 months. When I know more I will post here and on Facebook and hopefully you will check it out.

On a side point we are still developing our design for the Brick House in Hemet. Morgan has been really patient with us, and for that I thank you! The Spring Home and Garden Show is in a couple weeks and we are frantically working on our design and lining up all the vendors and the labor… we will have a large space this year. Last year we were too busy to do the show, and now I remember why we didn’t do it… it just takes so much time. And of course, we want to put our BEST out there.

More later…

I was going over the Home section in the LA Times the other week and came across “Natural Beauty” a profile of Ray Kappe’s Rustic Canyon home in Los Angeles.

This home is a treasure, featuring seven different levels, platforms and decks, mitered glass (no wood or steel corners where glass meets glass, seamless look), and amazing views of the natural landscape of the hillside. This was yet another home where I’ve heard the phrase “the site was initially thought to be un-buildable.” Whenever the sentence starts out that way, you know your in for something special. Kappe did build on the site, and in the Northridge quake of 94′ only two windows broke… not to shabby.

The house sits on 6 huge concrete columns that are sunk 30′ into the hill’s bedrock. The entry of the house takes you across a wooden bridge. The main living areas have slight changes in elevation to create distinct rooms. The whole thrust of the design integrates the built space with the environment. From the green carpet to the numerous walls of glass; the lines are blurred between the inside and the outside – on purpose.Ron Radziner of Marmol-Radziner Architects calls the space, “the quintessential tree house.”

The lot was purchased in 1967 for $50,000 and today the house is worth 2.6 million (according to www.zillow.com)

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha