This spectacularly renovated 1950s home perched above the Pacific Ocean isn’t just easy on the eyes – it’s also easy on its coastal environment. The Vicino House in Pacific Palisades, CA, is a stunning demonstration of some seriously eco-friendly architecture and design, which have earned it a LEED Platinum rating.
Developer Michael Gottleib worked with Thibault Construction on the complete overhaul of the home overlooking Santa Monica Bay. The renovation added square footage to its original footprint, but strict erosion controls minimized the impact of the build. Careful planning reduced the amount of wasted construction materials, and 75% of the waste was then recycled.
FSC-certified framing was used throughout the structure, and the interior finish materials are a showcase of recycled content and energy efficiency (recycled glass countertops, LED lighting, and sprayed cellulose insulation to name just a few). Water conservation was another key element in the design, both through the use of low-flow fixtures inside and drought tolerant plantings outdoors.
To top it all off (literally), 28 solar photovoltaic panels provide 5.2kw of power for the home, and a couple solar thermal panels address most of the home’s hot water needs.
Hit the link for more photos and details about the home’s green architecture.
All images: David Kramer