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How to Recreate Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library in Your Own Master Bedroom

Posted by Larry Fox on Jan 26, 2017 10:33:30 AM

I recently got into a somewhat heated debate with a colleague about a very pressing current issue—e-readers versus paperbacks. While my opponent made some good points about accessibility, I couldn’t concede. You just can’t beat the feel of crisp pages and the smell of fresh ink—and those are things that your tablet just can’t provide (yet).

One of my main selling points in the support of real books was, of course, our client base. Ever since the new Rinconada library renovations completed, many people have walked through our Campbell showroom looking for a very specific bookshelf configuration. They’re seeking an at-home, master-bedroom library—and as a proponent of real books, I am only too happy to oblige. Use custom bookshelves, cabinets, and drawers, to your advantage to create an ultra-functional library design for use in Palo Alto (or anywhere else we book lovers congregate).

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Topics: custom home library, Palo Alto, Custom Bookshelves, Custom Cabinets, Drawers

How Murphy Beds with Built-In Storage Can Double Your Palo Alto Rental Home's Value

Posted by Larry Fox on Jan 18, 2017 10:04:47 AM

If you own property around Stanford’s campus, you might just be the smartest homeowner around. College campuses are gold mines for renting opportunity. Constant occupancy and consistently rising prices—sounds like a landlord’s dream come true. Even with the inherent risks, a Stanford rental home is an ideal setup for anyone looking to make some extra cash in real estate.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Storage, Palo Alto

Downsizing Palo Alto Homeowners Use Murphy Beds to Create Multipurpose Living Rooms

Posted by Larry Fox on Nov 4, 2016 8:54:59 AM

I find it fitting that Palo Alto, a name that translates to “tall tree,” is such a haven for outdoorsy folks. A sizeable minority of commuters bike to work, and the city’s proximity to Foothills Park and Los Trancos Woods makes it a great location for professionals who still like to get away on the weekend. But all those beautiful views and green spaces (and high-profile tech companies like HP and Tesla) mean that housing is in high demand, and I’ve watched many of my clients make compromises on square footage when they buy homes here.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Cabinets, Living Rooms, Guest Rooms, Palo Alto

Two Twin Murphy Beds Allow Downsizing Palo Alto Grandparents to Host Overnight Guests

Posted by Larry Fox on Jun 23, 2016 5:00:35 PM

Palo Alto is one of those cities where it’s cold enough to enjoy the changing seasons – but never too cold. It’s warm enough for outdoor fun – but never too hot. It rarely rains. It doesn’t have the baking heat of the desert. In other words: I love it. Lots of people do. While the city draws many tech-sector employees, it’s not just for savvy 30-somethings. With a full 17% of residents age 65 and older, Palo Alto has become a retirement magnet. It’s the perfect location, especially if you already have kids, or grandkids, in the area.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Home Offices, Palo Alto, small spaces

Custom Cabinetry Creates Storage in Smaller Homes For Palo Alto Retirees

Posted by Larry Fox on Apr 29, 2016 4:01:07 PM

The Bay Area is a great place to retire. People who’ve made the jump tell us of the great times they have hiking, visiting wine country, and getting out of the city to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. It’s no less an exciting life, but it is a simpler one. Part of that simplicity may come from getting rid of unnecessary clutter and moving to a smaller house, apartment, or condo.

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Topics: Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Cabinets, Palo Alto, small spaces, Custom Storage

Garage Bedroom Conversions: Murphy Beds Transform Garages in Palo Alto's Los Arboles into Retreats

Posted by Larry Fox on Apr 19, 2016 3:55:53 PM

Palo Alto is a combination of spontaneous growth and rigid planning. In the post-war years, it was one of America’s most rapidly-blossoming suburbs, but it never grew too big, thanks to an active zoning board. It’s how the city has retained its charm. Part of that charm is a certain consistent style of architecture, a low-slung one-story home that is prominent in neighborhoods like Los Arboles. That’s why neighborhood groups have successfully petitioned the zoning board to limit homes to one story, so-called “Eichler-style” homes (after the architect), in the neighborhood. These are likely to be joined by Greer Park and Royal Manor in the Midtown area.  

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Garages, Palo Alto, Garage Bedrooms, Los Arboles

Custom Garage Storage Solutions Embrace Bicycle Boulevard Plans in Palo Alto

Posted by Larry Fox on Mar 15, 2016 4:25:42 PM
Freeing up space for bikes and recreation with custom garage storage solutions turns what was previously a concrete slab and a parking space into your new favorite room.
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Palo Alto has amazing natural beauty, a booming economy, and one of the most educated populations in America. There is also a fair amount of traffic. The situation has gotten so severe that Palo Alto's CIO Jonathan Reichental is even pushing for Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology that helps drivers minimize parking time and optimize traffic flow by collecting data on local traffic patterns. This information, along with that already being collected by internet-enabled cars, can create a new data-based urban model.

But why not try the old-fashioned way to “go green” and beat traffic by hopping on your bike? In addition to IoT tech, Palo Alto is addressing the traffic problem by aggressively funding new bike paths that will offer an alternative to many popular commuter routes. As residents start to see a comprehensive network of new bike routes throughout Palo Alto, they can increasingly opt to skip the long commute for the appealing combination of a pleasant ride and a morning workout. Redesigning your garage with custom bike racks and retractable tool chests can facilitate biking. You’ll feel good about lowering your carbon footprint and skipping the gridlock when you're easily able to opt for biking. Once you free up space with an effective storage system, a beautiful garage becomes so much more than just a place to park.

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Topics: garage organization, garage floors, Custom Garages, Palo Alto

Architectural “Life Hacks” Maximize Space in Palo Alto Eichler Homes

Posted by Larry Fox on Feb 23, 2016 4:56:29 PM
 

Palo Alto is one of the cities in the South Bay Area lucky to be home to over 2500 of Eichler’s celebrated mid-century houses, including several nestled in south Palo Alto surrounding the Mitchell Park area. Eichler homeowners are famous for their "cult-like" devotion to the architectural and stylistic integrity of these iconic homes, so planning any renovation involves finding a delicate balance between additional features and the characteristic sleekness of the midcentury style. Maybe you want to add a home gym for morning workouts or create a workspace in your bedroom. You need more interior space, but if you opt for an addition you’re likely going to encroach on your Eichler atrium or your backyard.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Home Offices, Pantry Organization, Eichler, Palo Alto

Custom Solutions for a Well-Organized Garage!

Posted by Tracey Lee Davis on Nov 18, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Steve T. in Palo Alto wanted to redesign his garage to completely eliminate clutter, to get rid of places for dust to collect, and to ensure that everything that needed to be housed in the garage had a proper place to be stored. Enter Ward Wildanger and Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets. 

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Topics: garage organization, Palo Alto

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