The Hidden House Destroyer

“A House can be Beautiful, Healthy and make you Happy”

Scott Harris

Chief Operating Officer / Building Construction Group

We just had a nourishing much needed rain storm in Malibu.  Rain, as with all gifts of nature has an upside and downside. Do we really need to take the “bad” with the “good”?   Scott Harris has discovered ways to help avoid the “bad” created by our wind driven rain and harvest the “good” for our environment.

Contrary to public belief, leaky roofs are not the usual primary source for water intrusion leading to mold.  Sideways wind driven rain is the biggest culprit in water damage which often leads to an invasion of mold. This ‘hidden” house destroyer does not enter through the roof but rather through the walls of a home where it may go undetected for years.

Water intrusion prevention brings to mind ugly gutters and downspouts which ruin the aesthetics of finely designed homes. But Scott has a method of insulating the walls of a home from water and providing appropriate water drainage while not only maintaining the beauty of the architecture but also helping the environment by collecting rain water.

Underground Water Collection Tank

Prevention is composed of a series of steps:

  1. Scott uses a single layer of “60 Minute” underlayment and an under layer of 3D “Raindrop” paper to help prevent water intrusion through the walls.

2. The use of the ornamental gutters and downspouts  hidden inside the building             diverting water into the underground tank.    The tank is put on the highest spot on a property to help with natural flow. The attached irrigation system waters most of the landscape.

3.  The  aesthetics of the home are not compromised because the materials used are copper, zinc and stainless steel reset into the roof line and presenting as decorative  cornices in the style of the home.

Ornamental  Leader Head

More information on water and mold prevention , as well as the various types of ornamental leader heads which look like decorative cornices may be found at Building Construction Group’s web site.






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Happy 240th Birthday to the USA!

“We are  already a great country”


I am a first generation American on my father’s side and on my mother’s, only a second generation American.  I  am  smorgasbord of primarily western European countries and mixed faiths but I am an American. This is what America has always been about in its humanly imperfect manner. The variety of “countries of origin” is greater with modern travel but the concept must remain the same.  The more variety we attain, the greater and more innovative we will become in future years.


The best way to start the 4th is the Point Dume Parade.  The parade begins at 9 AM at Birdview Ave and Bluewater Rd ending at Point Dume Marine Science School, followed by a traditional 4th of July Picnic. This years picnic will offer tug of war, 3 legged races and egg tosses.  The parade will be lead by veterans on motorcycles.

Malibu always has some great fireworks displays and this year is no exception. All displays will run from 9 PM -10 PM.  Here are the locations where the displays may be viewed:

Pre-fourth of July fireworks will be held on Saturday July 2nd between Carbon Cyn and La Costa Beach.

Monday July 4th locations are Paradise Cove  and between Broad Beach and Malibu Colony.

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Please remember safety and the laws regarding fire works.  The City of Malibu ordinance restricts fireworks usage in the city and the sale or possession of fireworks , as well.  Please keep your pets indoors.


Happy Fourth of  July!  Here is to the next 240!!!

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Cars and Coffee (no comedians) at Malibu Bluffs Park

“Well maybe some car loving comedians, it is Malibu”


Every first and third Sunday of the month car lovers gather at the Malibu Bluffs park to “strut” their stuff, talk cars and enjoy some coffee. I stopped by earlier this month to view some exotic and classic cars and to discover what was getting people up at 7AM on a Sunday morning in the summer.


The event is held the first and third Sunday of the month from 7 AM – 9 AM. I must admit I got there closer to 9 on my way to the office. Some of the drivers passed me on the way in and the muffins were gone from the coffee bar, but there were still some great cars left to view.


The Bluffs park is a beautiful place to take a walk, or just hang out with family and friends.  “Cars and Coffee” is a great excuse to head out and enjoy a day in the park. Who knows, you may even see a comedian having coffee while showing off his or her classic ride.

Gracee Arthur

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Malibu Country Mart Weekend Events

“Malibu Curve Pop Up Shopping Ends Today”

Cameron Silver and Christo Garkinos of Vintage Couture are hosting this exclusive  “Decades” shopping event. Rare designer pieces will be available for sale only at the weekend pop-up event.

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Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, co-owners of Decades and Nevena Borissova, founder/creator of CURVE, have curated an amazing selection of vintage designer pieces for a weekend only pop-up boutique. For this event, Decades has opened their incredible vault of fashion flashbacks and have worked with CURVE to curate clothing and accessories that are perfect for modern day wardrobes. Confirmed vintage pieces from Alaia, Halston, Chanel, Pucci and Versace will be available for purchase. The event will also include a special selection of previously unworn samples and pristine pieces of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic designs from the 1990’s.


Sunday May 3rd is the last day to shop this event. There are some beautiful and  timeless designer pieces still for sale. Hours are 11AM – 5 PM.



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Malibu’s Encinal Bluffs

“Best Buy on the Bluffs”

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The Encinal Bluffs, located just west of Broad Beach are home to some of the most fabulous estates in Malibu and some of our best sandy beaches.  I spent seven years on the Bluffs , walking its pristine shores.  The area is conveniently located to Vintage Market and the Trancas Country Mart; just a few miles from the public schools and Point Dume.


This stylish contemporary home on the Encinal Bluffs ( completed in 2012) is currently on the market for $9,250,000 . The home is sited on an approximately 28,300 sq ft lot and the features 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths in approximately 3,492 sq. ft. The gourmet Elbau kitchen is a vision with its white glass front cabinets and black counters . There are 2 Gaggenau ovens, steam oven and automatic coffee maker.  DInesen flooring, full length planks ,accentuate the spaciousness and flow of the main rooms.  Automatic “vanishing” glass doors create a magnificent indoor / outdoor flow to the ocean view bluff , pool and deck.  The ocean view master suite has a spa style bathroom, walk in closets and ocean view patio.




This environmentally friendly home runs on solar panels. Private beach access.

If you are a qualified buyer looking for a fabulous beach home it would be my pleasure to give you a tour of this fabulous Malibu home.

Gracee Arthur / Estate Agent  Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu Office

CALBRE  #01118257   cell:  310-804-0708

Celebrating 24 years “selling Malibu”!











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