From Dean Dowd on February 21, 2011 in Green Remodeling
Sitting atop the bluffs of Pacific Palisades, California, like a breathtaking phoenix, the Vicino House beautifully merges sustainable living with luxurious design. Proving that eco-intelligence need not equate granola hippydom, this dwelling is as green as it is gorgeous.
Originally built in the mid 1950’s, the house was gutted to add new square footage to the original structure while incorporating green products and energy-efficient features throughout. In fact, the property has earned LEED certification with the U.S. Green Building Council—something usually seen more in commercial structures than homes—and is a fantastic example for future home renovations to follow.
The open entry and living room benefit beautifully from the home’s 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and spanning beach area. Many of the home’s green features, such as the use of natural light and recycled materials, are visible in these rooms.
Other behind-the-scenes green elements include plywood flooring with radiant heating, bio-based insulation, a Cool Roof that reduces solar heat, and thermal hot water panels.
Amazing thoughtfulness in construction and design. Not to mention the strong minimalist aesthetic that runs through the entire house. Take the master bedroom—with similar green features—and its simultaneous sleekness and West Coast warmth (thanks in part to the warm woods and wall color). The bedroom provides an equally breathtaking view and even opens up through French doors to a veranda.
You’re bound to live longer in this space. Aside from the more earth- and people-friendly environment it creates, the Zen beauty of the space couldn’t not change your life for the better.