The Clarion Estates/Vintage Simi Hills, ( currently The Foothills At Simi Valley ) a 115,000 square foot, 150+ unit Mediterranean assisted care and memory care facility designed by GFH Architecture, Planning & Graphics, was recently selected and featured in a Hallmark TV movie entitled “A Moving Romance” starring Ambyr Childers, Keegan Allen, and Jim O’heir.
The facility was fictitiously renamed “Golden Meadows Assisted Living” and both exterior and interior shots of the facility can be seen in multiple scenes throughout the movie.Continue Reading ›
Bungalows (Updating Classic America)
M. Caren Connolly
If you are anything like me, you occasionally find yourself adding new books to your bookshelf or replenishing the collection of books resting on your coffee table (usually architectural related) to keep your room looking fresh and new and guests entertained. One book in particular that I have had the pleasure of reading was written by two architects who, based on their writings and backgrounds, truly appreciate the style and spirit of the American bungalow.Continue Reading ›
One of our ADU designs, the Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit with Garage, was selected and featured in a recent Fox News Real Estate article last month alongside a handful of other ADU designs by various firms emphasizing “stylish ADU units that friends and family will beg to stay in.” The article also stated that “ADUs can be eye candy” and “where once municipalities often discouraged ADUs, laws are being amended to encourage them now.” There is no question that cities all across the state are seeing an increase in permit applications for accessory dwelling units as state law and local ordinances are amended to help bring about a solution to the affordable housing shortage. Interest is also expected to grow this year as legislators and local cities continue to propose new, granny flat-friendly policies to accommodate the growing need for affordable housing.
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from the main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included much like our Santa Cruz ADU design.Continue Reading ›
You’ve just unlocked the equity in your home with a new home equity line of credit and you’re looking at the possibility of remodeling a few rooms or converting the garage space. You’ve even spent the last few months sifting through resources like Houzz, Pinterest, and numerous design magazines in hopes of finding that perfect design idea that compliments the style of your home while still meeting your basic needs. You’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and the task is starting to become a bit time consuming, but you’re determined to stay sane, organized, practical, and patient as you look for ways to transform your home. Sound familiar?
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from the main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included. Regardless of their physical structure, size, or layout, the ADU has become a valuable resource for homeowners alike.
A hydronic radiant floor heating system in concrete slab
There are numerous ways to heat living space (some more desirable than others). Among them are forced-air heating, baseboard heating, gas burners, electric heating elements, space heaters, passive solar design, radiant heating, etc. Though each heating method has its particular pros and cons along with its own unique characteristics, radiant floor heating is one heating system, in particular, I would like to focus on. Radiant floor heating, also commonly referred to as underfloor heating, is a popular central heating system that supplies heat directly to the floors surface keeping it warm to the touch while radiating up into the living space above.Continue Reading ›