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Design Equity Part 8

Design Equity Part 8: Programming Your Dream Home Programming, or identifying and documenting program elements within a structure, isn’t a new thing. Most architects, however, rarely consider this pre-design process for residential design, and it’s a lost opportunity. At their...

Design Equity Part 7

Design Equity Part 7: Lot vs Location Agents always say “Location, Location, Location” when selecting a property. We like to think that “Location, Location, Location” has many nuances: -Consider the sun’s travel path over and around the property. Does the sun hit the rear yard in...

Design Equity Part 6

Design Equity Part 6: Overlooked Details- Clients obsess about materials and the way those will look in a space or on the exterior of a project, but many forget about the small, everyday elements (such as door handles and cabinet pulls) and how those can have an equally important...

Design Equity Part 5

Design Equity Part 5: Preservation and Rehabilitation “Good Bones:” Working with a structurally sound home is a time and money saver when renovating rather than constructing something new. In the case of vintage homes, with both heritage and timeless designs suited to...

LA Real Estate

LA Market: Why If You Can Afford to Flip a House Now is the Time By one measure the housing market is finally back to normal: The practice of flipping was down to 4.0% of all U.S. home sales during 2014’s third quarter. Flipping is down in enough cities that the national picture...

Why It’s Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter (Even in LA)

It might seem obvious weather would be a factor but prices vary significantly even in places where summer and winter are tough to distinguish, including LA and San Diego. These seasonal shifts are well documented, but many “seasonally adjusted” pricing indexes have failed to...

“Don’t Play With Your Food, But Do Make Furniture Out Of It”

I discovered the simple yet elegant work of NYC’s AMMA Studio last week which incorporates coffee grounds, sea salt, sand, etc. to create stools, tables and benches. Their use of mixed media resonates with the tenets of Modal’s own design philosophy: innovative use of commonly...

Design Equity Part 3

Smart home systems are great because they can control lighting, HVAC and entertainment systems along with almost anything else both remotely and from a single screen. One thing clients tend to forget is that these are computer based systems which will occasionally require a...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Automotive Inspiration

Modal Design’s use of the auto for inspiration is not unique: Frank Lloyd Wright’s longtime auto obsession inspired some of his most innovative work and ultimately his most radical and iconic design: The Guggenheim. Recognizing smooth traveling surfaces early on as the most...

Design Equity Part 2

Design Equity Part 2: Materials If you fondly recall floor-to-ceiling mirrors you likely had a house from the ’80s. Materials fads come and go, but natural materials offer longevity in design. Bringing in color is important, but it’s best to do that via accessories,...

Design Equity Part 1

Design Equity Part 1: As the architectural transformation of LA neighborhoods continues to accelerate, it is more critical than ever to be able to differentiate between fleeting fads and timeless designs. The value of well-trained architects and designers is to maintain...