How is YOUR local economy?
Comparing how the economy is growing across regions of Southern California, I noticed that there is considerable strength in the coastal areas and in the Inland Empire, although the increase jobs created has moderated over the last couple of months.
Nevertheless, unemployment rates are at full employment in Orange, San Diego, and Santa Barbara Counties, and close to full in Ventura and the Inland Empire Counties.
Northern Los Angeles County has demonstrated considerable improvement this year, mostly in the Santa Clarita Valley. And the Antelope Valley economy has evolved over the last two years with more job growth and rebounding home prices.
Entry Recipe: Low-Maintenance Meets Contemporary Curb Appeal
In this new series, we’ll not only explore a front entry’s design, we’ll also discuss the ingredients — focusing on the approach, the front door, the siding and the overhang. Here’s this entry’s recipe.
Designer: Homeowners Gerry and Lonna Peters, in collaboration with MEC Urban Developments, Norm Friesen and Teer Landscape Co.
Location: Langley, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Homeowners Gerry and Lonna Peters worked in collaboration with MEC Urban Developments to design and build this new home on a third-acre infill lot. “Our house is unique to the neighborhood, and we didn’t want to have it stand out in a negative way,” Lonna Peters says. “We kept exterior colors subdued and preserved a very large cedar tree and a rhododendron in the front yard to give a nod to the overall style and feel of the area.”
Concrete walls: Three 8-inch-thick poured-in place concrete walls frame the path from the driveway to the front door. The wall in front is 28 inches tall, the middle wall is 32 inches, and the farthest wall is 36 inches. The concrete is unstained and unsealed.
House numbers: Black metal numbers 12 inches tall were mounted 1¼ inches off the concrete wall in an inset and are uplit.
Mailbox: Wall-mounted stainless steel mailbox by Ecco (model E10), along with a Spore doorbell button (model True, color Amber), are next to the front door.
Lighting: Overhead lighting at the entry complements the uplighting on the house numbers.
Plants shown (click photo to see the plants tagged): Paperbark maple (Acer griseum), Hubricht’s bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), ‘Sapphire Blue’ sea holly (Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’), ‘Avalanche’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis xacutiflora ‘Avalanche’), ‘Xenox’ stonecrop (Sedum telephium ‘Xenox’), ‘Ascot Rainbow’ spurge (Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’), ‘Little Goldstar’ blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’), blueberry (Vaccinium sp.), ‘Blue Cushion’ English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue Cushion’)
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Approximate costs for materials and design plan:
Front door: $3,300
Builder: MEC Urban Developments
Draftsman: Norm Friesen
Hardscape design: Teer Co.