October 3, 2011 |
In the uneven new horror-thriller "Dream House," Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig portray a couple who have just moved from the big city out to the country where they hope to raise their two daughters in peace. Despite their newfound comfy domesticity, things seem a bit odd for the family right from the start, not least because Craig goes into town and talks to other people while Weisz never makes it more than a few steps off the porch. It's not a spoiler to say that it turns out a family was murdered in their house five years earlier and Craig might not be quite the innocent out of his element he seems to be. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a script by David Loucka, "Dream House" feels like the filmmakers went rummaging through some kind of bargain bin of storytelling spare parts — a touch of "The Amityville Horror," a piece of "The Shining," a bit of "The Sixth Sense," and why not throw in a little "Shutter Island" too while we're at it?
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Dream House The White House as an American Home Ulysses Grant Dietz and Sam Watters Acanthus Press: 304 pp., $75
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2000
Re "Plan for Dream Home Is Couple's Nightmare," Aug. 21. Letter writer Robert Greeley (Aug. 27) asks some of the right questions about this project, but he doesn't know the answers. He asks, "Is the house's square footage appropriate for the size of the lot?" Answer: No. "Do the plans comply with appropriate codes?" Answer: No. "If the area is zoned for single-family residences only, does the house comply?" Answer: No. "Will the house's physical systems adversely affect adjoining properties?"
January 9, 2014 |
In 2008, architect Kevin Tsai was working for Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects when he stumbled on a rare empty lot in Playa del Rey. He bought the property with an eye to the future and proceeded to design a modest, modern home for himself, his wife and their two children. “It was a dream house for my family,” Tsai said. “I designed it so I could add a second story later.” PHOTO GALLERY: A bittersweet home remodel in Playa del Rey Six months after he completed the 1,450-square-foot home, Tsai lost his job in the wake of the economic downturn and was forced to sell the house.
January 3, 2014 |
If you worked on a house for five years, you'd call it a labor of love, right? What if that process took 25 years? Is there a name for that? This is the story behind architect Paul Zajfen's epic quest in Laguna Beach. Zajfen, a design principal at the Los Angeles firm CO Architects , bought an ocean-view site on the steep, winding bluffs of Laguna in 1989. His dream was to create a modern oasis, hugging the landscape and opening to the elements. Then things got messy.
May 12, 2012 |
Among all the special places inside his sprawling 10,700-square-foot mountaintop home, Daniel Coletti savors the vibe inside the living room most. It's a luxury dreamscape distinguished by mammoth walls of glass and Idaho-hewn stone. At night, he gazes out past the blue waters of an indoor-outdoor infinity pool and onto a vast citywide vista capped by the shimmering lights of the Strip. "It's like looking at a fire," his wife, Natalie, said. "You can't turn your eyes from it. " The property has another unique feature: Offered at $13.9 million, it's the most expensive residential listing in Las Vegas.