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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun
Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 20, 2012 @ 4:49 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | No Comments
Carver + Schicketanz designed this gorgeous home for a retired couple in Big Sur, California. Built on an enviable sloping site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Coastlands House has a great stone base crowned with a steel and glass-clad living area. To top it off, an expansive 4.4kW photovoltaic spread generates roughly 80 percent of the home's entire energy requirement.
Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials  – including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope. Stacking sliding glass doors open out to a gobsmacking view and provide cross ventilation.
The interior is warm, sophisticated and largely comprised of reclaimed materials , while the majority of the carpets and decor were designed specifically for the couple by the Carver + Schicketanz team. And best of all, the potential energy footprint of this majesty is offset by the PV array, ensuring a relatively gentle environmental footprint. This is what we call retiring in style!
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