Archive for the ‘Prefab’ Category

Private Zen: A Backyard Bathhouse

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Californians are known for their desire for privacy and here in Palm Springs, we aren’t any different. Small fortunes are spent to create backyard paradises and to subsequently construct huge walls, fences, or privacy hedges to block the world from looking in. Whether it be a lush garden, sparking pool, or fully-stocked koi pond, in essence, we are all looking for the perfect private zen space.

For Paul Kaplan Group Agent Kris Rain, personal zen means escape from the work-day world. It means escape from an always-on-the-go job. So whenever possible, Kris escapes to her private zen space: A custom built backyard bathhouse.

When Kris came across a vintage claw foot tub (an extreme rarity in the desert), she decided to put it to good use. She immediately called her contractor and began work on a detached bath conveniently located just steps outside her back door. Of course, the bath tub is the focal point of the room.


Lots of windows and a rustic feel make the tiny structure warm and comfortable. According to Kris, the best way to utilize the tub is to be surrounded by candles. “I created the bath house as a sanctuary where I can go to be nurtured and recharged, its a place to go to count my blessings. I always walk out feeling as if I have just been hugged,” Kris said.

If you have a personal space for private zen then we here at The Paul Kaplan Group would love to hear about it and maybe we could even share the idea on our blog. If you would like more info on how to create your own backyard bathhouse, then contact Kris Rain at The Paul Kaplan Group.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Join Matthew Reader at The Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Vintage Travel Trailer Show
Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group is preparing his Airstream travel trailer for the Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show set for this Saturday and Sunday in the Hilton Palm Springs Parking lot at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. It seems as if vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit Matthew and one of his travel trailers along with this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and children under 12 are free. The show runs 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Sunday.

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Living off grid – Desert Pre-fab Pied-a-terre in Joshua Tree

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Desert Prefab 1

Not far from Palm Springs, can be found the latest design by prefab pioneer,  Jennifer Siegal of the Office of Mobile Design  whohas ventured inland to install its latest design, the Prefab Showhouse. Formerly located in Venice, CA where it served as OMD’s showroom for inquisitive clients, the diminutive modular maison was just recently moved from its coastal location to be installed in the desert community of Joshua Tree where it will be the new home to Hollywood film producer Chris Hanley.

Desert Prefab 3

The 720 sf, 1 bedroom home is located on a generous Joshua Tree-sized lot of 80 acres. Besides solitude, tranquility, and expansive views of the surrounding desert, the home offers the very best in new technologies and luxurious details. The central kitchen/bath core divides and separates the sleeping space from the public eating/living space in a compact assemblage of form and function. The steel frame structure was trucked into the site and simply set on a temporary foundation.

With this desert pied-a-terre, OMD proves that ideas of prefabrication, flexibility, portability and compact spaciousness can be combined to make off-the-grid living perfectly comfortable

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