Lucky 7

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June 17, 2010
Originally published in The Energy Issue

Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including solar power and a community garden, these row house–like homes provide new models for the ever-expanding metropolis.

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  Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.

    Auburn 7 developer and resident Michael Kyle hangs with his dog Moxy in the front yard of the unit owned by his codeveloper Todd Wexman; he is joined by residents Francisco, Camille, and young Sophia Apple Owens.

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  Residents have leased and transformed adjacent vacant land owned by the Department of Water and Power into a community garden.

    Residents have leased and transformed adjacent vacant land owned by the Department of Water and Power into a community garden.

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  All but one homeowner at Auburn chose to install solar panels supplied by Buel Solar on the “solar-ready” roofs.

    All but one homeowner at Auburn chose to install solar panels supplied by Buel Solar on the “solar-ready” roofs.

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  Unlike many Los Angeles homeowners, Auburn 7 residents share a driveway.

    Unlike many Los Angeles homeowners, Auburn 7 residents share a driveway.

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  An Eames Aluminum Group chair for Herman Miller and bamboo shelving system are featured in the office Camille Owens and architect husband Francisco created within their living-dining space.

    An Eames Aluminum Group chair for Herman Miller and bamboo shelving system are featured in the office Camille Owens and architect husband Francisco created within their living-dining space.

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  Just outside their home, residents get to track net energy usage on the solar power meter.

    Just outside their home, residents get to track net energy usage on the solar power meter.

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  An Ikea rug and Deep Sectional sofa from Room Service set the scene in the Owens household.

    An Ikea rug and Deep Sectional sofa from Room Service set the scene in the Owens household.

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  The Owenses’ home features offerings from Design Within Reach.

    The Owenses’ home features offerings from Design Within Reach.

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  The homes offer energy savings through passive measures like light and ventilation from expansive, dual-glazed, low-emissivity operable windows and skylights.

    The homes offer energy savings through passive measures like light and ventilation from expansive, dual-glazed, low-emissivity operable windows and skylights.

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  A s1 Zeppelin chandelier by Marcel Wanders for Flos hovers above the living space.

    A s1 Zeppelin chandelier by Marcel Wanders for Flos hovers above the living space.

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  Developer Michael Kyle and his wife Joanne Higgins mix old and new in their living and kitchen areas.

    Developer Michael Kyle and his wife Joanne Higgins mix old and new in their living and kitchen areas.

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  They installed water-saving artificial grass on their patio for pup Moxy to enjoy.

    They installed water-saving artificial grass on their patio for pup Moxy to enjoy.

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  Seven town homes, with slivers of air between them, possess the appearance and energy-saving advantages of row houses.

    Seven town homes, with slivers of air between them, possess the appearance and energy-saving advantages of row houses.

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  The Owenses’ minimalist master bedroom features Blik wall decals of chandeliers.

    The Owenses’ minimalist master bedroom features Blik wall decals of chandeliers.

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  Architects Ana Henton and Greg Williams broke up the uniformity of the seven town homes by making a feature of the Jeldwin dual-glazed windows, laid horizontally here and vertically on the neighboring units.

    Architects Ana Henton and Greg Williams broke up the uniformity of the seven town homes by making a feature of the Jeldwin dual-glazed windows, laid horizontally here and vertically on the neighboring units.

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