The third green home in our Great Green Homes series is a shining example of adaptive reuse, thoughtful materials, and sustainable systems. The Brooks/Cadora home in Southern California, designed by Santa Monica-based David Kellen and Associates, took a mid-century ranch home and added 1400 square feet of new eco-friendly space. The result is a lovely contemporary home with all the modern, high-tech green trimmings that also pays homage to the beauty of original structure. From solar power to hemp countertops, a solar yurt on site, and a waterless urinal, this home embodies future-forward green design in every way.
There are far too many impressive green features to list, but standout highlights include a 3.5 kilowatt AC photovoltaic system, passive solar cooling (no air conditioning system), and solar hot water collector with a 90 gallon storage tank. Green interior materials include everything from cork flooring and recycled glass tile to wheat stalk panels in the kitchen and hemp countertops in the bathroom. If you’re curious about the stucco, it’s an all-natural material imported from Italy. To top it all off, the home uses a Bosch tankless water heater, EnergyStar appliances, a waterless urinal in the master bath, and CFL and LED lighting.
Traces of the original structure peak through corners, giving the house a sense of history in unexpected places. And beyond the house’s walls, the Brooks/Cadora home includes a solar-powered yurt on site, solar powered fencing for the horse corral, and all vehicles run on biodiesel, with the exception of a Prius. Does it get greener than this?
Thanks to Eric Cadora, green consultant and the house’s lucky owner for nominating the home and providing such lovely imagery.