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16 Sep 2016

KKC Development & The Los Angeles Builders Ball

Help us support a great cause!

About Beach Cities Friends

Beach Cities Friends was founded in 2002, we are a group of individuals in the South Bay area that gives back to their community by volunteering, raising funds and advocating for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). We work to raise awareness for Habitat LA with events and fundraisers.  Since 2002, we have raised over $1 million to help build or renovate ten homes in partnership with Habitat LA and Habitat homeowners.

We are overjoyed that together we can continue to empower families in our communities, especially during these tough economic times. Every donation and helping hand is building a strong foundation for a family – an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes also help to build a greater Los Angeles by revitalizing, strengthening and stabilizing our local communities.

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16 Sep 2016

KKC Developement & Beach Cities Friends Trivia Night IV

Help us support a great cause!

About Beach Cities Friends

Beach Cities Friends was founded in 2002, we are a group of individuals in the South Bay area that gives back to their community by volunteering, raising funds and advocating for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). We work to raise awareness for Habitat LA with events and fundraisers.  Since 2002, we have raised over $1 million to help build or renovate ten homes in partnership with Habitat LA and Habitat homeowners.

We are overjoyed that together we can continue to empower families in our communities, especially during these tough economic times. Every donation and helping hand is building a strong foundation for a family – an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes also help to build a greater Los Angeles by revitalizing, strengthening and stabilizing our local communities.

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14 Sep 2016

Surf Expo!

19 Oct 2015

Industry Pioneer Inducted into the Mira Costa Hall of Fame

hall-of-fameFive outstanding and write essay inspirational alumni are being inducted today into the Mira Costa Distinguished http://essaycapital.org/essays-for-sale/ Alumni Hall of Fame. Congrats to Children’s Institute CEO Swati Adarkar (class of ’81), punk rock legend and biochemistry researcher Milo Aukerman (class of ’81), Brigadier General Homer Johnstone (class of ’53), health-care provider and Purple Heart homework help recipient Dennison Kerlee (class of ’62), and construction industry pioneer Kim Komick (class of ’79). Here’s Kim speaking today to the Mira Costa assembly. Proud to be a Mustang!

2 Jun 2015

Coming Soon from KKC Fine Homes

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11 May 2015

KKC Fines Homes Featured on Dwell

Olivares Residence, featured on dwellondesign.com

Back to South Bay Home Tour 2015
While the seaside portion of Manhattan Beach is constantly humming with activity, the Tree Section offers the benefits of a coastal climate but with a quieter, more secluded quality to it. When Dean Nota was tasked with designing an infill home from the ground up in this neighborhood, he was confronted with a compact 40-by-130-foot lot. It offered little opportunity for outdoor living spaces and was surrounded with unappealing sights. His solution? Wrap the house around an internal courtyard, which boasts built-in seating and a slatted ipe screen. “This evolved as a strategy for opening the house to light and air, while creating an internal focus in the absence of external viewing opportunities,” Nota says. The two-story, 3,290-square-foot stucco-clad modern house is massed in a way that respects the existing structures on the block while allowing for a visually arresting double-height interior.

Area: Manhattan Beach, CA
Livable square footage: 3,290 square feet
Number of bedrooms: 4
Construction completed: 2011

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ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Born, raised and educated in Southern California, Dean Nota received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI ARC) in 1973, where he was a founding student and a member of the first graduating class. He interned, and over a period of ten years, rose to the position of senior associate architect in the internationally acclaimed office of Raymond Kappe FAIA, prior to opening his own office in Los Angeles in 1982. Concurrent with the establishment of his practice, he served on the design studio faculty at SCI ARC from 1982 to 1988. His professional experience includes architectural, planning, transportation planning and urban design projects. He is the recipient of regional and local design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Sunset Magazine, and has served on design awards juries sponsored by the AIA. His built work and drawings have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.

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COLLABORATORS
Structural Builder:
KKC Fine Homes, Hermosa Beach
Kim Komick
Interior Furnishings & Materials:
Chimera Interiors, Los Angeles
Marina Mizruh
Structural Engineering:
Palos Verdes Engineering, Palos Verdes
Paul Christenson, Project Engineer
Civil Engineering:
Piai Engineering, Hermosa Beach
Victor Piai, Project Engineer
Photographs:
Pfeiffer Photography
Erhard Pfieffer

SOURCE INFO
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Duravit toilets and sinks
Heat n’ Glo fireplace
Hansgrohe bath fittings
Dornbracht kitchen fittings
Franke kitchen sinks

11 May 2015

KKC Featured on latimes.com

Basements: The underground trend in adding space to homes

By CAROL CROTTA, published on latimes.com

Homeowners Melissa and Trent Overholt and Emily and Etan Cohen faced a similar problem. The Overholts, who own a half lot a block from the sand in Manhattan Beach, had a growing family that no longer fit in their 550-square-foot home. With three children, the Cohens, who both work at home in Beverlywood, needed decent office space for Etan, a director and screenwriter, and an art studio for Emily.la-hm-los-angeles-basements-20150507-002

Their common solution: Build a basement.

Interest in basements, primarily in affluent areas, has come and gone during the last few decades in Southern California. The most recent wave of activity started about five to six years ago, after the city of Los Angeles enacted an anti-mansionization ordinance that limits a house’s square footage to a percentage of lot size but exempts basement space from the total. The Los Angeles City Council is considering closing certain loopholes in the ordinance that allowed “bonus” square footage if a builder met certain conditions. With the exception of one neighborhood, Los Feliz’s the Oaks, basement square footage would remain exempt. Other cities have taken steps to curb house size as well.

These limitations, coupled with the steep rise in land value and building costs, have made basement construction, never cheap, increasingly attractive to developers and homeowners alike.

“It is definitely, absolutely a current trend,” says real estate agent Marco Rufo of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, whose territory encompasses the Westside. “Five or six years ago, it was, ‘Oh, wow, you have a basement?’ Now it’s, ‘You have a basement, right?’ Buyers expect it now.”

Hermosa Beach contractor Kim Komick of KKC Fine Homes, which specializes in “constructing basements in sand sections” along the coast, reports that it has a basement in 80% of its projects. “When I do spec houses, it’s nearly 100%.” Similarly, architect Ken Ungar, based in Westlake Village, says that five years ago, “10% of my houses had basements. Today, it’s 75%. It’s not a question of whether you want a basement; it’s what you want to have in your basement.”

Driving the trend is the confluence of desire and dollar value. People want bigger homes, but the cost of teardowns plus new construction in light of size limits does not always equal a solid return on investment. Thus, the increased interest in basements.

Why basements are scarce in Southern California

“It’s free square footage in terms of the zoning code,” says architect Douglas Teiger of Culver City-based Abramson Teiger Architects, who designed the Cohens’ house and has six basements currently on his drafting boards.

These basements are not the dank, dimly lighted bunkers many from the Midwest and East grew up with. Architects have found clever ways to flood light in from stairwells and window light-wells. For the Cohens, Teiger structured the whole house around a central skylight atrium, then extended the basement’s footprint beyond that of the house to install a hip-high border of skylights.

la-hm-los-angeles-basements-20150507-004The key to this generation of basements’ value is that they are fully integrated into the aboveground living space. They are functional as well as playful, and often contain media centers, bars, wine rooms, billiard rooms, gyms, home theaters, guest suites, offices or even golf simulators.

Such amenities can drive up the cost, from $200 to $300 per square foot to $1,000 and up. While the cost of building a basement depends entirely on the particular conditions of a site, it typically adds at least $150,000 to the price of new construction. Basement space, in fact, costs more per square foot than aboveground space to build and will appraise equally to aboveground space only if it is finished as well as the other floors.

Basements can be a way to add practical space. Some choose to create playrooms, laundry and storage areas.

The Overholts, who saved for years to be able to build their 2,300-square-foot home with a basement on that half lot, now have a multifunctional space they use for popcorn-and-movie night, Trent’s music studio and a Murphy bed guest suite. “It’s a very big deal for us,” says Melissa Overholt, who collaborated with Komick on the construction. “We worked really hard for this, but it was worth every penny.”

la-hm-los-angeles-basements-20150507-006While many, if not most, basements are part of new construction, some homeowners are choosing to retrofit one in, a more complicated process but doable. The 38-year-old family-owned Weinstein Construction Corp. in Van Nuys, which specializes in earthquake retrofitting among other jobs, has a thriving business in retrofitting basements into existing homes. “Four years ago, we started retrofitting a basement underneath existing homes without damaging them in any way,” notes Vice President Jonathan Weinstein.

But it’s not for everyone. Weinstein inspector Scott Carlson points out that, before they can even estimate the job cost, there must be a soil report from a licensed soil engineer that the city charges to review, which, combined, can cost nearly $5,000 before you even know if you can build. Foundation design by a licensed structural engineer further kicks up the price. In some situations, reinforced concrete caissons may need to be sunk 30 feet deep. The ideal situation is strong soil type, such as clay; flat land; easy access; and shallow-sited bedrock. And then it takes patience: Add as much as six months to any construction.

Those who have them, however, can’t imagine life without them. “It was definitely more expensive than we thought it would be,” notes Emily Cohen, “but it has worked out beautifully for us.”

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30 Jan 2014

FOLA 5th Annual Fundraiser

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7 Dec 2013

25th Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Show

[Photo by Chris Miller]

This Sunday, December 8th Downtown Manhattan Beach explodes into a  fiery glow with its 25th Annual Holiday Fireworks show.

Local band Hyperion Outfall will do their own rendition of a Dixieland Christmas jam at 3:30pm and then around 4:00p.m. the Snow Park opens.

The fireworks start  at 7:00p.m. This is a very popular event and crowd size can swell up to 15,000… for good reason. Manhattan Beach, with the help of sponsors like Skechers, KKC Fine Homes and others, puts on one of the most spectacular firework shows west of Carson.

Bring blankets, a bottle of wine, some gloves, friends, family, and your baby stroller, this event is a blast and the fireworks show is always top notch. The Holiday Fireworks are expected to go forward, rain or shine on Sunday.

25 Oct 2013

Featured in Southbay HOME II 2013

Very proud to have our company featured in this months issue of Southbay Home! CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE.