After years of development and construction, Bryan Cranston's green dream beach house in Los Angeles has finally been realized.
“We have a social responsibility to live this way,” Cranston told attendees at the Dwell on Design Conference on June 23rd. “Yes, it might take a little more time or effort, but we are not asking people to sacrifice or suffer. We are asking people to live in harmony with these concepts.”
As MNN's Matt Hickman reported last year, Cranston's net-zero energy home is the first in Ventura County to receive LEED Platinum certification and recognition from the Passive House Alliance U.S. It was built on the site of an old 1940s structure that was removed with the help of Habitat for Humanity and even neighbors; who Cranston and his wife actress Robin Dearden encouraged to take everything and anything in order to minimize waste.
Some of the green features in the modest 2,450 square foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath house include radiant heating, solar panels, solar hot water, and sustainable, reusable materials. One neat feature I’ve not seen in green homes before was also the installation of a automated car lift that allows two vehicles to park in a traditional one space garage – a savings of 200 sq ft.
“I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish,” says Cranston. “Despite its contemporary design the house is very warm and inviting. You want to kick your shoes off, you want to put your feet up, you want to go for a walk, you want to eat a piece of fruit.”
You can check out a video of Cranston speaking about his new home at last year's Dwell on Design conference below. For some great pictures of the completed project, visit Dwell Magazine's feature article on the home here.