Like the rest of us, the architect for the CETT Set also needs to put bread on the table. And Adele Change has worked very hard to create plans for McMansion style development at One Carter. It is a living I suppose, and what an ambitious professional in a highly competitive field might find herself doing if need be. But would her overly bulky and somewhat ostentatious creations be the sort of thing she would choose for herself? Apparently that is not the case.
It may very well be that CETT has engaged Adele to lay down an architectural framework for a brace of controversial hillside Sierra Madre starter castles, obviously designed for a tasteless nouveau riche arriviste' crowd. But when it comes to her own personal taste in home design, the choice is decidedly different.
And I have to admit, while what Adele has created for herself is a little on the austere side for my taste (like where exactly would you leave your empty Pabst cans?), there is a certain "Wow!" factor to her creation. Something that could lead one to believe that perhaps she really is as good an architect as some of the folks on the Planning Commission have said.
Bonomo Development is a Simi Valley construction outfit that specializes in building the kinds of unique and custom homes that many of us would find hard to afford. This is the stuff the big money rolls with, and you don't find it just anywhere, either. Here is how they lovingly describe themselves on their website (link).
Bonomo Development is a full-service general contracting company that specializes in the delivery of highly-crafted, beautifully-constructed, custom residential and commercial projects. Tony Bonomo, the founder of Bonomo Development, brings over thirty years of experience in the construction industry to the table, and provides an unparalleled level of personal service and attention. Client satisfaction is Bonomo Development's first priority, and this, coupled with a careful attention to design integrity, has resulted in the realization of many successful construction projects. Tony works with a core group of skilled subcontractors, each of whom shares his desire to bring the highest of industry standards to bear on each and every project.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I get the feeling that Tony doesn't need to have a San Marino work permit sticker on his truck.
One of the things Mr. Bonomo likes to do is post beautiful pictures of homes he has built for his clients on the company website. And one of those creations is the home of Pasadena resident Adele Chang. Here are a few of his artfully done photos. The rest can be found by clicking here.
Now I didn't find the pictures we've posted here. A link to them was left in the comments to yesterday's article by an especially sharp-eyed Tattler reader. This also attracted a number of reader remarks, and I thought I would add one of them here. Posting as "Adele Chang - Super NIMBY!," a resident left this observation:
That is one awsome house on a perfectly sized lot that Ms. Chang has built for herself. If One Carter looked like this I would be all for it. And I am confident that Ms. Chang would be the first to protest if someone tried to build in her neighborhood the oversized crap boxes on tiny lots that she has designed for the alleged Indian burial ground.