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    Default The modern basement: La Jolla house adds space by building down instead of up

    Most homeowners who want to maximize living space add a second or third floor. In beach cities with strict restrictions on the height of homes, however, residents and architects are building down. Basements not only yield bigger homes, but also draw less attention from the street and fewer sneers from neighbors tired of maxed-out mansions.
    The trend is particularly strong in San Diego County, whose coastal communities have some of the most expensive land in the state. This view of Stefan Lemperle’s La Jolla house offers few clues of the surprise that awaits below ground.











    The modern basement: La Jolla house adds space by building down instead of up - builddown - Los Angeles Times

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    It's a little dark, and just being right there on the ocean would freak me out a little.
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    Very nice
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    I don't know about this place. There are aspects of it that I really like.. but, some I could really do without.

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    All the dark colors really put me off. Talk about depressing.

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    What? No movie theater?

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    I love the last pic. I would just change the furniture and that would be my favorite room. I would eat, sleep, and hell, get me a potty chair! LOL. Love it.

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    wow, this is a seriously sexy home. Comin home from the club with a sexy lady or guy on your arm.. this place has it goin on. très chic.
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    I love the last room what a view couldn't get much closer to the ocean than that, other rooms blah.

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    I'm interested to know how they managed to build down and not have problems with the pressure of the ocean. Especially considering how much glass seems to anchor that house.

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    I like it...I just love La Jolla. It's beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    It's a little dark, and just being right there on the ocean would freak me out a little.
    Yeah, me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    It's a little dark, and just being right there on the ocean would freak me out a little.
    ITA. After the 2004 Tsunami I'd never want to live this close to the ocean.
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    Lovely home, lovely location. La Jolla is gorgeous, expensive as hell and I don't think there's a bad view in town.

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    i like it. and i love that massive sectional sofa thing downstairs. i'd just sprawl out on that thing all day.
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