This Project Is A
Model of Sustainability:
The owners’ vision for the eight-acre estate—a new historic
landmark—is to turn the grounds into a model for water conservation,
natural resource management, and small organic farming methods. The
goal is to apply principles of permaculture along with 21st century
design and technology to develop systems that produce more resources
than the property uses.
• 100 kW photovoltaic system provides more power than will be
used on site.
• Three-phase electrical power uses less conductor material to
transmit electrical power.
• High-efficiency heat pump heats and cools the home with a
multi-zoned, forced air system.
• Icynene insulation was added to the attic and blown-in
cellulose green fiber insulation was added to 2x4, 2x8, and
2x12 walls via two inch holes, then covered with styrofoam
plugs and plastered over.
• 1/4” Low-E laminate glass replaced the original window
glass in order to improve the home’s energy efficiency and
resistance to wildfires.
• Ultra low-flow plumbing fixtures replaced original fixtures in a
style that echoed the original architectural period.
• Zero VOC finishes were used throughout to ensure a healthy
The following original historic elements were also restored and
• Harvested and repurposed existing wall + floor tile
• Kitchen cupboards
• Window + door hardware and frames
• Where original hardware has been lost or cannot be reused,
salvaged hardware or new hardware, made to match the existing, has
• Every drop of water that falls on this property will stay on the
property and be used to irrigate the landscape or recharge the
groundwater basin. In addition, greywater will be used to irrigate
plantings near the main house and new pool house. Most of the
landscape will provide food or shade or both.