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A Tour of Eric Clapton's Former Home

A Tour of Eric Clapton’s Former Home

When visiting a gallery or museum space, one can easily drift off into a daydream of turning the space into a home, yet rarely do we have to opportunity to live in a space that embodies everything grand about a gallery or museum. The former home of Eric Clapton in Venice Beach is an exception. The only residence in the United States designed by famed architect Arata Isozaki.

Arata Isozaki

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Architect Arata Isozaki rose to fame in the United States having designed The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work is visible around the world having designed structures in Barcelona, Orlando, Kraków, Kyoto, Berlin, and beyond. It is said that his design style defies any school of thought or any characterization, in part, because he never assigns a signature style to his work. His influence on architecture goes beyond the buildings he’s designed, though, as he’s acted as a jurist for competitions and exercised his influence throughout many disciplines. He’s had an influence in the worlds of art, music, design, film, and theater over the course of his half century career.

History

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The Isozaki-designed Venice Beach home was built in 1986 for art collector Teresa Bjornson and the house was known as the Bjornson House.  That is until its next owner purchased it in 1999 and his fame eclipsed that of Bjornson and it became known as Eric Clapton’s Venice Beach home. Clapton, who was famous when he bought the house, rose to his fame with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, before ultimately establishing himself as an award-winning and chart-topping solo artist. He owned the home for five years and sold it to its current owner in 2004.

Style

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Even though the home was designed and built in 1986, it luckily escaped many of the unfortunate design trappings popular with homes in the 1980s. Boasting 30-foot ceilings in the grand room and 20-foot ceilings in the master bedroom, the home has been described as an architectural one-of-a-kind, and it truly is. Located just steps from the Pacific Ocean, the 2,946-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two baths and includes a gated entrance that opens onto a 600-square-foot patio – a must in Venice Beach. In addition to the master bedroom with the high ceilings, there’s a guest room in a loft that overlooks the kitchen and dining area, a large office/workspace, and a beautifully spacious guest room/family room with a wet bar that may make your guests not want to leave.

The home is currently on the market and I’d love to show it to you. I encourage you to visit the listing to view more photos to fully appreciate this one-of-a-kind work of art.

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Eco-friendly and sustainable building products are more than just a trend or an overuse of a couple of buzzwords. If you break down the meanings of these terms, implementing their use seems most logical. Eco-friendly is simply something that is not harmful to the environment, and sustainable means to use materials that are able to be maintained or regenerated and not depleted through their use. Today’s eco-friendly and sustainable products and building practices are accessible and bear great quality. When you’re remodeling, we recommend these eco-friendly materials.

Advanced Framing

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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While this one isn’t visible on the surface, it can have a great impact on the overall sustainability and eco-friendliness of your home. This advanced technique is employed by green builders and meets building codes while improving the energy efficiency of your home. Using less wood in the framing process also means using less materials and reducing your labor costs – it’s a win all around. Green Building Advisor has tips on this technique as well as many others.

Reclaimed Wood

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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Reclaimed is a fancy term for recycled and when it comes to wood, it’s an excellent tactic. No new trees need be cut down when you’re using reclaimed wood. You may not achieve any cost savings with reclaimed wood, but the cost will determine the condition of the wood.  The more work that needs to be done to make it look great, the greater the cost. To ensure a truly green floor, though, you’ll want to avoid volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde often found in flooring adhesive. Mountain Lumber Company is a good example of a company with a great deal of history and experience leading the reclaimed movement.

Recycled Glass Countertops

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Photo courtesy of Vetrazzo

 

Available in different varieties including a modern version of terrazzo with recycled glass cast into a concrete slab, recycled glass countertops have the rich appeal of granite, while keeping your home eco-friendly. While there are several creators of these countertops and surfaces, one of our favorites is Vetrazzo. They’ve been creating their products since 1996 and use a proprietary formula combining recycled glass with a binder of additives, pigments and other recycled materials.

Low-E Coated Windows

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Photo courtesy of Bowen Windows

 

More complicated than it sounds, the basic point of having windows with a Low-E coating, is to keep harmful ultraviolet light out of your home while letting in safe light; and, keeping cool air inside your home (or warm air when you want it). Windows are a lot more complicated than they used to be, but that’s a fact from which we all benefit in the name of energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. Available through a variety of manufacturers and vendors, Low-E coated windows are a must for an energy efficient home. Bowen Windows is a great example of a vendor of these windows and their website is an exhaustive resource.

So what steps will you take and what materials will you use during your remodel to make your home more eco-friendly? Or, perhaps you’ve already done it and you can share some tips.

Will & Estate Planning

Will & Estate Planning

Having your affairs in order at the end of your life is often one of those things people have on their to-do list, yet they keep putting off the task. Planning for your own death may seem morbid and depressing, but being prepared at any age can mean the difference between making your loss a little easier on your loved ones or creating a stressful burden. The process isn’t particularly difficult or painful plus there are a wide range of online resources to assist you.

Investopedia summarizes the importance of planning quite succinctly: “if you want your assets and your loved ones protected when you no longer can do it, you will need an estate plan. Without one, your heirs could face huge tax burdens and the courts could designate how your assets are divided, or even who gets your children.” Investopedia is indeed a great resource for no-nonsense answers for all of your investing questions.

Another great resource is The Money Guy Show, a podcast (available on The Money Guy Website as well as on iTunes) featuring Brian Preston and his co-host Bo Hanson, both carry the titles of CPA, CFP®, and PFS. They cover a wide-range of relatable financial topics. The appeal of The Money Guy Show is that Brian and Bo “help you go beyond common sense.”

GETTING STARTED

Getting started is easy.  Create a list of your assets and gather any documentation related to those assets, i.e. statements for bank accounts, retirement accounts, loans, etc. Be sure to include hard assets as well, such as your home and car, regardless of any pending liens on those items. Don’t forget vacation homes and even time shares as they are all assets.

Once you have all of your information pulled together – think of the information-gathering as being similar to gathering your information at tax time – it’s time to determine how in-depth you need to go. A great starting point for this step is a visit to LegalZoom. The best part of using LegalZoom is that they’ll have an attorney familiar with your state’s laws who can review your plan and make certain it meets the requirements of your state.

Should you or the attorneys at LegalZoom determine that your estate is complicated, you may want to find a local attorney who can help structure your will and your estate plan. Finding an attorney can be a daunting task. This is a great time to reach out to friends, business associates, or family members and ask them for a referral. There are online options for locating a local attorney to suit your needs. Lawyers.com and LegalMatch.com both have a find a lawyer tool.  You can also visit your state’s bar association to search for the type of attorney you need and ensure they’re in good standing with the bar.

With all the resources available, there’s really no reason to wait to start your will and estate planning, take the time to get your affairs in order! You’ll be happy you did, and so will your loved ones.

Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Beyond your contribution to sustainable environment, adding eco-friendly improvements to your home can improve your bottom line by improving the health and well-being of your home and lowering your monthly bills. You’ll learn that with today’s options, you won’t sacrifice style or comfort to make your home more eco-friendly.

Smart Meter

 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

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 A smart meter is a simple improvement because it will control the manner in which you heat and cool your home and optimize it for maximum comfort and efficiency. With a smart meter like the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can use an app to monitor energy use, adjust your heating and cooling schedule and more. You’ll also be able to create a custom schedule that coincides with your family’s use of the home. Even better, the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your behaviors to help optimize your energy efficiency!

Smart Appliances

 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

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Continuing the idea of smart electronics, expand that to your kitchen, the amount of energy saved by LG’s Smart Instaview refrigerator is impressive.  Something as simple as being able to tap a couple times and view what’s in your fridge, rather than standing with the door open, is revolutionary. It doesn’t end with the refrigerator, though, there are many smart appliance options for your kitchen, everything from ranges to dishwashers and coffee makers to slow cookers. It’ll come as no surprise that these smart appliances all come with an app to control them with your smart phone.

Solar Energy

Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

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 Solar energy has been around for a long time, however, over the past decade, it’s become more prevalent and easier to integrate into our lives. With Tesla’s recent introduction of their new solar roofs, the excitement for solar has never been higher. They’ve been able to do what many solar companies have not – seamless integration with stylish and attractive solar roofing that doesn’t look like bulky solar panels. This is a game changer – especially the fact that they’ve been able to keep the cost at a level similar to, or less than, a standard roof. It’s hard to contain our excitement for these panels, visit Tesla for more information and to browse the beautiful photos!

Landscaping & Hardscaping

 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

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Many of us picture a lush green lawn surrounding our home as the ideal, but what we’ve learned over the past few years is that this isn’t the best idea in some climates and that planting for function or for your climate is much more beneficial. The Food Not Lawns movement has gained a lot of traction as they further their mission to encourage people to forgo urban lawns and instead, plant food-producing organic gardens. In addition to this effort, many people are focusing on planting what is appropriate for where they live, such as a drought-tolerant landscape, rock ways, and planter boxes. Sustainable Hardscape has made it the focus of their business and they’re doing it very well providing inspiration for us all.

So, whether your goal is to cut costs or save energy, there are plenty of steps both large and small you can take to further your mission. Have you already begun? What eco-friendly improvements have you made or do you plan to make in your home?

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

We love a luxury hotel. One thing that makes them so desirable is attention to detail – not just with service, but also with the actual design of their spaces. That attention to detail can make your home feel like your favorite suite from your best vacation. From the most classic of tile design to the most avant-garde, good tile design in your shower elevates your space so you can have that vacation feel without leaving the comfort of your master suite.

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source: Mark Williams Design 

This elegant shower with its modern amenities and gorgeous, classic tile is a show-stopper from Atlanta-based interior designer Mark Williams. What says luxury more than marble? And, in multiple iterations.

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source: Lori Dennis 

Los Angeles-based celebrity interior designer Lori Dennis has a knack for creating the perfect space based on its setting. This one works seamlessly in this Hollywood Hills home. She married the stone wall and subtle tiles with the wall of windows so bathing here is almost communing with nature (without getting dirty!).

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source: Schippmann Interior Design 

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source: Schippmann Interior Design 

Diversity in design seems to be a forte for interior designer Susan Schippmann. The San Francisco Bay-area native, showcases this diversity in these two designs. The first, a Mediterranean shower featuring tile from Walker Zanger’s Ceramica Alhambra line; and, the second, a peaceful spa-like shower that can only be described as a retreat with its mix of glass tile and natural stone tile.

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source:  Stonewood

Minnesota home builder Stonewood has a team with more than a little design acumen. This remodeled bathroom they completed in Lake Minnewashta is full of old world charm and modern conveniences. The layout of the tile on the walls and ceiling of the shower adds a nice level of visual interest that is beautifully complemented with the tiles on the floor as well as the granite threshold and bench.

Shower Tile Designs That You Will Love!

Source: Widing Custom Homes

Another home builder with a great design team, Widing Custom Homes in Michigan isn’t afraid to push design boundaries as evidenced in this fun and colorful bathroom featuring Ann Sacks tile. That floral pattern tile on the back wall of the shower adds that little something special to an otherwise simple bathroom (save for a few details that pop!).

Keep these designs in mind when it comes time to create that perfect escape in your home. A well-designed tiled shower, whether you lean toward the classic or the crazy, will help you achieve that luxury hotel feel you desire.

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