Rainscreens: Let It Rain!

Sustainability, or "green" building, is something that is becoming more and more common these days, and in some respects expected by new home buyers.

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SORO Neighborhood Council supports Bedford Project

Last night we presented our concept for our next project, Bedford, at the South Robertson Neighborhood Council. This is something we always do in order to be a responsible developer that takes into account the concerns of the communities in which we build. What we always seek is a written letter of support so that we can show the L.A. Planning Dept and other agencies that our project has the support of our neighbors and should be allowed to move forward.

Thank you to all members of the neighborhood that came out and to the council members for their support.

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Preuss [ Project Updates ]

Preuss continues to move along at a good pace and we are hopeful to have them completed by late summer. Here are some pictures highlighting the progress.  

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 You can see here the plumbing running in the interstitial space. Our plumber wondered why everyone doesn't do this?

You can see here the plumbing running in the interstitial space. Our plumber wondered why everyone doesn't do this?

 This is a view of the interstitial space method we use in all our projects.

This is a view of the interstitial space method we use in all our projects.

 View of the two rear units coming together.

View of the two rear units coming together.

 All the roofs are essentially on and are now getting details put in like skylight openings and plumbing vents.

All the roofs are essentially on and are now getting details put in like skylight openings and plumbing vents.

Silence & Solitude

  Last week I spent 24 hours in silence and solitude at a monastery called St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA.  I was without phone, internet, TV and radio for the duration.  I did have an MP3 player that I used sparingly to help me relax at times.  The reasons for doing it were two fold: 1. I’ve always wondered what it’s like and whether I would go crazy and 2.  Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, suggests the ideas of sabbath and meditation to rest and to find meaning.

The idea is to separate from daily distractions and stresses as well as getting comfortable with our deeper selves.  This involves learning to accept and even to embrace the discomfort of silence.  Surprisingly and thankfully, I did not drive myself mad.  In fact, I highly recommend that everyone should try it.

I was able to attain an inner peace.  I also found that I am less distracted and more able to focus on the present.  While the problems I faced still existed, my perspective and my response to them had changed for the better.  Granted, one doesn’t have to drive 2 hours to do this but one must schedule it and make effort to spend time apart from the daily distractions.

Here are some photos of St. Andrew's Abbey grounds:

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Here are some photos of a guest room with attached bathroom:  simple and clean.

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Spring is in the Air

Its time for a little spring cleaning so we freshened up the website. Tell us what you think!

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