The Brooks Ave. House in Venice, California, however, has won me over. I think it’s a stunner. The 2,000 square foot home has been given a beautiful green addition, a 1,700 square-foot structure clad on four sides — three walls plus the solar-paneled roof — with native shrubs and grasses and a thriving veggie garden. There’s also a knockout, grassy courtyard. That’s a lot of vegetation to feed, I know, but the plants are low-maintenance and the water used is a combo of recycled household grey water and harvested rainwater.
Vancouver-based architect Marc Bricault and his team carried the green theme into the home’s interior, too, a space that’s seamlessly connected to the exterior space with oversized glass doors. It boasts LED lighting, low-flush toilets, low-VOC paints, radiant infloor heating, cork-rubber flooring, and a spiral staircase that links the ground floor to the roof and doubles as a cooling chimney. Check it out.