Beat the Heat Home Design Ideas
17 September 2014
Southern California is experiencing a heat wave beyond any I’ve felt here in the four and half years since I moved to San Diego. I’m very glad that Chez J has AC, but not all of my friends’ homes do. For them, and for all of my readers who just want to feel cooler, here are some design-related tips.
Thermal-lined window panels or solar shades will keep your home cooler, especially the side that gets the most sun. They’re available in different styles for different decors.
Solar shades add to a room’s “cool” factor
(Photo Courtesy: Smith + Noble)
GOLD COAST – Coronado Coastal Living Showhouse
10 September 2014
Gold Coast is a periodic series on Gold Notes profiling homes that exemplify their area. The Coastal Living Magazine Showhouse in Coronado does that beautifully. And Coronado is one of my favorite places in my adopted San Diego hometown!
Coronado is an isthmus – though usually called an island by residents – that sits just across the bay from downtown San Diego. I call it Mayberry meets the military meets millionaires row. It is a tiny spit of land with a Navy base at each end. North Island Naval Air Station is home port to the region’s aircraft carriers. The Amphibious Base just south of the Hotel Del Coronado is where SEALs get their training and Tridents.
Coronado blends all of this military might with a charming downtown and spectacularly expensive homes with ocean and city views. The Coastal Living Showhouse fits perfectly into its setting, and part of the ticket sales to tour it will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The home will be open for self-guided tours through 28 September 2014.
A classic coastal home you can tour!