Last updateFri, 21 Oct 2016 5pm

Beach chic: LAH home offers Cape Cod-style surprises

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Michelle and Peter Detkin’s Los Altos Hills home offers a “relaxing” vibe that emphasizes “connectivity,” according to Michelle.

Michelle and Peter Detkin’s Los Altos Hills home is comfortable, close to downtown Los Altos and they use – and love – every square inch of it.

The covered veranda that runs the width of the house in back is the perfect place for coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. Private spaces can be created by simply closing pocket doors. The open kitchen and playroom bring the family together. And the exercise room in the basement functions as the media/game room.

Foil dry-weather predation this fall

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Exclusion is often the best way to protect plants from critters, as this homemade structure demonstrates.

The best time to plant natives is in the fall and winter, assuming seasonal rainfall is sufficient to help get them established.

But if not much water falls from the sky, wildlife desperate for food and water may be attracted to your new plantings. Even plants listed as “deer resistant” can get browsed as critters taste whatever your garden smorgasbord offers. If the plants are small, a few nips can be fatal.

Permanent pop-ups: Prefabricated homes hit the local remodel market

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The Krivokon family of Mountain View observes the installation of a prefabricated home on Pilgrim Avenue.

Pop-up houses are sprouting like mushrooms around Los Altos and Mountain View, but unlike other pop-up structures, these are permanent.

Home Brief

Filoli has scheduled a new volunteer recruitment event 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Filoli’s Visitor & Education Center, 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside.

Attendees can learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Filoli, including house and garden self-guided tour docents, weekend tour docents, nature education docents, member services, visitor services, public relations, hospitality, garden information docents, floral design, flower arranging and more.

Tips to keep closets under control

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Review inventory of closets twice a year and examine each piece to determine whether it is worth keeping.

I’ve been organizing closets for more than a decade. I’ve learned that no matter the square footage of a client’s closet or the size of their wardrobe, my top 10 tips remain the same.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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