Palomino Ridge Residence
2004 The Sustainability Project Award for "Distinguished Residential Remodel and Garden"
2004 Santa Barbara Contractor's Association Award for "Green Building of the Year"
Complete green remodel and strategic additions to an older Riviera house; energy-efficient windows and insulation, hydronic heating, with finish wood from downed local trees.
A new "facade" and serving area for a “sustainable foods" fast-food restaurant on the UCSB campus. The design includes features such as a large recycled-glass serving counter, LED lighting, and a palm-wood back wall.
VICTORIA GARDEN MEWS
The owners wanted to minimize their use of water and energy, and to maximize their use of recycled materials. Acting as their own contractor and searching for reclaimed materials and products, they consciously crafted the house to be a model for low-impact living in our region.
The water conservation story is particularly compelling:
• The landscape on the small lot has been designed, along with the house, to evoke a Greek island setting, a favorite from the owners’ travels. The yard is largely covered with attractive gravel, and the plantings of olives and fruit trees are appropriate for any Mediterranean climate.
• The roof rain water drains into four 1,000-gallon underground plastic cisterns. The stored water is pumped to a hose bibb, and the owners hand-water the plants nearest the cisterns. The water typically lasts through the summer.
• A grey water system collects waste water from sinks, showers, and the washing machine, and distributes it to fruit trees. This early system has recently been overhauled and updated.
• The owners have over 25 years of experience with these systems and are happy to share the challenges as well as the successes.