Echo Logical

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February 26, 2009
Los Angeles is not all mini-malls and highways. As Eric Garcetti, president of the City Council, shows, it is eminently possible to live green in the City of Angels. By putting solar power and recycled materials to use, he and his partner transformed a mid-century house on a cozy hillside plot into a sustainable home with garden terraces and panoramic views. Read Full Article
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  The home doesn't hide its extensive renovations: with all-new windows, installed to maximize both views and solar exposure, it is quite visible where old meets new.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The home doesn't hide its extensive renovations: with all-new windows, installed to maximize both views and solar exposure, it is quite visible where old meets new.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Eric Garcetti's 11-year-old Toyota Rav4-EV sits in front of the house, awaiting its next electric fill-up.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Eric Garcetti's 11-year-old Toyota Rav4-EV sits in front of the house, awaiting its next electric fill-up.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Garcetti cleans up the rooftop array of solar panels. In the foreground, hidden beneath trees and greenery, is the couple's garden.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Garcetti cleans up the rooftop array of solar panels. In the foreground, hidden beneath trees and greenery, is the couple's garden.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Amy Wakeland prepares some of the fruits and vegetables that she regularly harvests from the backyard garden.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Amy Wakeland prepares some of the fruits and vegetables that she regularly harvests from the backyard garden.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The dining room. Much of the furniture was purchased from vintage modern home stores in L.A. The furnishings represent an attitude—whenever possible, recycle, reuse, and support local manufacturers—as well as a strong sense of aesthetics at home.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The dining room. Much of the furniture was purchased from vintage modern home stores in L.A. The furnishings represent an attitude—whenever possible, recycle, reuse, and support local manufacturers—as well as a strong sense of aesthetics at home.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  By eliminating the drop ceilings, the architects opened up the ground level, which had been broken up into several rooms. This not only revealed the original beams, it also brought a much more expansive sense of space.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    By eliminating the drop ceilings, the architects opened up the ground level, which had been broken up into several rooms. This not only revealed the original beams, it also brought a much more expansive sense of space.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  With its easy access, the flat roof is never hard to maintain.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    With its easy access, the flat roof is never hard to maintain.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  They lengthened the kitchen by removing a ground-level bathroom. This created a much larger kitchen/living/dining area, complete with a central fireplace.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    They lengthened the kitchen by removing a ground-level bathroom. This created a much larger kitchen/living/dining area, complete with a central fireplace.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  An outdoor water feature adds a subtle soundtrack to the property while keeping the plants irrigated.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    An outdoor water feature adds a subtle soundtrack to the property while keeping the plants irrigated.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The broad deck and seating area are perfect for the Mediterranean climate and invite guests outdoors.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The broad deck and seating area are perfect for the Mediterranean climate and invite guests outdoors.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Wakeland goes to work on the garden terraces where the couple grows much of their own food.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Wakeland goes to work on the garden terraces where the couple grows much of their own food.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The second-floor deck looks out onto the green canopy of Garcetti and Wakeland's neighborhood and indoors to a pair of Vatne Møbler rosewood lounge chairs.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The second-floor deck looks out onto the green canopy of Garcetti and Wakeland's neighborhood and indoors to a pair of Vatne Møbler rosewood lounge chairs.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  A well-placed writing desk takes advantage of the view.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    A well-placed writing desk takes advantage of the view.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The bathroom includes a walk-in tub.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The bathroom includes a walk-in tub.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Garcetti and Wakeland enjoy a quiet afternoon, sitting in what used to be two separate bedrooms. By removing a wall, the space now serves as an office and den, divided only by sliding doors.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Garcetti and Wakeland enjoy a quiet afternoon, sitting in what used to be two separate bedrooms. By removing a wall, the space now serves as an office and den, divided only by sliding doors.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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