Gallery: PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of ...

Here is a view of the old interiors of the Brooks Residence prior to the remodel.

For starters, the 100 year old floor in the home was restored and the addition was matched to the original thanks to a neighbor’s old flooring which had been sitting unused in storage. The staircase and the open bookshelves are all up-cycled from the 2 x 4s of the existing cottage walls that were removed during the remodel. All materials used throughout the house utilize a high percentage of recycled content, including the exterior siding, bathroom tiles, concrete countertops, insulation, and foundations. At the completion of the project, 76% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

Other sustainable features extend into the home’s backyard, where a culvert and club house were built to prevent the need to remove any dirt dug-up from the site during the remodel and building of the addition. 91% of the plants on the site are native to reduce water consumption, and additional conversation efforts include a stormwater system of permeable surfaces and two rainwater cisterns prevent runoff from leaving the site. The entire front yard has been converted into a vegetable garden in order to encourage a local dialogue about organic produce, share food, and to build community.

Best of all, the total cost of the 2,000 square feet remodel and addition was $450,000 (or roughly $225 per a square foot). The Brooks Residence is truly atypical when it comes to LEED Platinum buildings, but a shining example of how our current building stock can be upgraded at reasonably affordable prices.

+ Duvivier Architects


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