Designed by: Minarc
Re-purposed, re-used, re-cycled 5-unit apartment building converted to a single-family residence by remodeling less than 50% of the existing structure.
Simple eco-conscious design that is focused on functionality and creating a healthy breathing family environment.
The design elements are oriented to take optimum advantage of natural light and cross ventilation. Maximum use of natural light to cut down electrical cost.
Interior/exterior courtyard allows for natural ventilation as do the master sliding window and living room sliders.
Conscious effort in using only materials in their most organic form. No paint – No tile – No carpet – No forced air (AC/HV). Light reflecting off glass railings bathe the house in rainbows.
Solar thermal radiant floor heating throughout the house and solar thermal domestic water heating. Wood beams in the courtyard atrium using salvaged wood from original structure. Heated patio and fireplace for outdoor dining maximizes indoor/outdoor living.
The courtyard veranda and hammock chairs off the playroom further connects the indoors and outdoors. Floor material connected in an unobtrusive and whimsical manner to increase floor plan flow and space.
Design and use of color inspired by dramatic landscape to create contrasting stimulating interior. The recycled wood kitchen island creates a multi-functional gathering point in the heart of the house.
The blue recycled glass under the staircase (waterfall) combines elements of strength and infinity. Use of black rubber/cork for the face of the cabinets (lava) to create visual contrast.
Steel windowsill in front room (guest, yoga, office) creates an additional seating area with magnetic cushions that can be re-arranged as needed. Magnetic hooks holds a curtain in place for privacy when guests occupy the space.
Material manufactured from recycled tires and cork is used on kitchen cabinetry and kitchen chairs, creating an elegant kitchen unaffected by normal wear and tear of family life.
The “disappearing” kitchen chairs are easily stored under island to maximize use of space. Upstairs bookshelf functions as railings/barriers between floor plans. and reflects the ocean by using blue panelite.
Magnetic chalkboard sliders in the play area and paperboard sliders in the kids’ rooms transform the house itself into a medium for children’s artistic expression.
Console behind the master bed echoes kitchen island and dining room table while providing storage for clothing. 90% of the furnishings and carpets re-used (bought off Craigslist).
The tree in front of the house was salvaged from the back rear yard during construction. Shoe storage drawers beneath coat closet double as a bench for changing shoes.
Our green practices and selection of sustainable products don’t raise the cost of a house. We believe that building repurposed and recycled shouldn’t be more expensive for our clients.