Remodeled Killingsworth House Back on Market

If you know architects, you may know Edward Killingsworth, a US architect who lived in Long Beach. One of the houses he designed still sits at 2 Laguna Place. The estate of the original owners sold it in 2018 with the original design for $2.6 million.

It’s no longer fully Killingsworth, as the new owners have remodeled it, but it retains some quintessential Killingsworth features: plenty of glass, floating stairs, stone countertops, and perhaps most importantly post-and-beam ceilings. It’s been updated with top-of-the-line new appliances and modernized master suite and bathrooms. There’s even an elevator. The new additions bring the price tag up to $5.179 million.


Auto Enthusiast Home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34953

On Saturday my email from Hemmings Motor News usually contains at least one real estate offering that’s specially tailored toward automobile collectors. It’s a bit of a personal thrill since both autos and homes delight me.

Today we have a 2300 sf house with an attached 2300 sf, nine car garage. At $395,000 (negotiable), this listing highlights prices, the big difference between Los Angeles and most of the rest of the world.  Here’s a link to photos and a detailed description. Enjoy!

Stay up to date on kitchen remodelling trends

Want to remodel your kitchen, but don’t know what will wow your guests or grab the attention of prospective buyers? Whether you want to go with the flow, become a trendsetter, or stand out from the crowd, you’ll want to know what everyone else is doing. Classic and neutral continues to be the trend, according to a survey of more than 1700 respondents who just finished remodelling, are in process, or are planning a remodel.

If you don’t want to do a full remodel, start with countertops, the most frequent upgrade at 94% of projects. Replacing the sink and backsplash is next most common, and many people upgrade their faucet, wall finish, lighting, and cabinets. Flooring and appliances are often brought up when people talk about a kitchen remodel, but if you’re on a budget, it’s not mandatory. Less than three-quarters replace their flooring and only 59% replace all their appliances with 31% replacing some appliances.

So what do all these new countertops look like? Top color options are tied for multicolored and white, each at just over a quarter of all new countertops. The next most common choices are gray, black, and beige. All other colors are less common. Though 45% of new countertops are made with natural stone, homeowners are split on which type of stone. Granite is the most common natural stone at 34%, but 43% say that engineered quartz is the way to go. The new backsplash is usually also white, multicolored, or gray, though white is most common. Wall colors are similarly neutral, with gray, white, and beige each being used for about a fifth to a fourth of all new remodels.

Shaker style cabinet doors tower over other options at 57%. Flat-panel and raised-panel doors are next, both about equally as common. As has been the case for quite a while, a plurality of kitchen remodels still feature white cabinets; currently the number is 43%. A quarter of cabinets retain a traditional wood color.

If you are planning to replace your floors, you may want to pick hardwood. Even with the numbers slipping since the previous year, it was the top choice, used in 29% of new floors. Other wood choices are also a budget option for a similar look, with over half of new flooring being wood-colored, even with a close second common material being ceramic or porcelain tile.

You can find more data at

Why Saltwater Pools Are So Much Better Than Traditional Pools

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: August 23, 2016

Safe, low-odor saltwater pools are gaining in popularity. Could you have saltwater in your future? If you hate the stink and sting of chlorine, you’ll love saltwater pools. Once primarily a perk in health spas and resorts, saltwater pools have now become popular among U.S. homeowners. Today, about 30% of all U.S. in-ground pools are saltwater.

They’ve literally exploded in popularity in the last decade,” says Erika Taylor of Pool and Spa News. “It really does make a difference in the way the water feels on your skin. Nothing feels as good as jumping into a saltwater pool.

How Saltwater Pools Work

Freshwater pools depend on store-bought chlorine to disinfect water and keep it free of algae, bacteria, and other health-harming organisms. Saltwater pools rely on an electrolytic chlorine generator (ECG). The generator separates the salt in the pool water into its two primary elements, one of which is chlorine. The chlorine is then circulated into the pool to sanitize and disinfect the water. The big advantage is that the process doesn’t produce chloramines, an irritating byproduct of the store-bought chlorine traditionally used to disinfect pools. It’s the chloramines that give swimming pools that “chlorine smell” and sting eyes.

How Salty Are Saltwater Pools?

Saltwater pools aren’t salty like the ocean, says Ray Denkewicz of Hayward Pool Products, a manufacturer of salt chlorination machines. Seawater has concentrations of salt of about 35,000 parts per million (ppm). Saltwater pools have much lower salt concentrations of 3,000 to 5,000 ppm — about the saltiness of a teardrop. Pool saltwater closely resembles the water that naturally bathes eyes and therefore, doesn’t irritate them.

Saltwater Pool Benefits

Debbi Welch, who owned freshwater pools for 20 years, switched to saltwater nine years ago and says she’ll never switch back. “It’s unbelievable how much easier it is to manage a saltwater pool,” says Welch.

Low maintenance: Add a few hundred pounds of salt when you open the pool for the season, swish it around to dissolve, then turn on the generator and let it do its thing. No measuring, testing, or continuously dumping more commercial chlorine into the water — although you may have to add more salt during the season. Welch dumped 500 pounds of salt into her 36,000 gallon pool outside Knoxville, Tenn., in late April, then added another 40 pounds in July.

Low annual costs: A salt chlorination generator makes chlorine at about $1 per pound, while off-the-shelf pool chlorine sells for $2 to $4 per pound. Welch says she used to spend about $800 per year to chlorinate her freshwater pool, but only $150 per year to chlorinate her saltwater pool.

Constant chlorine levels: ECGs automatically keep chlorine levels constant, which eliminates frequent testing for chlorine levels, and the need to buy, transport, and add chlorine.

Feels great: Swimmers in saltwater pools say the water feels silky and doesn’t sting eyes or discolor hair like the water in freshwater pools can.

Saltwater Pool Drawbacks

Saltwater pools aren’t perfect, or perfect for every pool owner.

High startup costs: The top expense is the ECG, which ranges from $600 to $1,200, plus another $150 for installation.
Cell replacement costs: Salt cells inside the ECG should be replaced periodically: sooner (4 to 5 years) if you use your pool year-round; later (maybe 10 years) if your pool season is only a few months a year. A cell costs $200 to $600.

Salt corrodes: Saltwater can corrode anything in or around your pool that contains metal, like lights, heaters, screws, diving board attachments, and patio furniture.

Salt stains: Saltwater splashing on soft stone on pool coping and decks can leave stains and pockmarks. Apply a sealant to solve this problem.

Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Absolutely love! Many of the architectural wonders the Smithsonian brings to us are living arrangements; life styles, by another name; that demonstrate ways people around the globe have worked with nature and the materials locally available, to carve out a niche of their own in the world.

On our last trip to Armenia, our guide jokingly stated that “Rocks are Armenia’s greatest resource.” This article about Old Khndzoresk, a multi-level village built into volcanic rock, testifies to the underlying truth of his claim.