Sustainable, Solar-Powered Family Retreat in California

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April 2, 2014
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  Ornamenting the eastern facade of the Sunrise House, slotted windows set in one-foot thick walls introduce light into the home without inviting in excessive amounts of heat.
    Ornamenting the eastern facade of the Sunrise House, slotted windows set in one-foot thick walls introduce light into the home without inviting in excessive amounts of heat.
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  Glass windows wall in the open-concept kitchen-dining spaces of the Sunrise House while glass doors open the spaces out into the garden beyond.
    Glass windows wall in the open-concept kitchen-dining spaces of the Sunrise House while glass doors open the spaces out into the garden beyond.
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  Inspired by Scandinavian and Mexican contemporary and traditional design, the Sunrise house has a bright, clean, and eclectic color palette.
    Inspired by Scandinavian and Mexican contemporary and traditional design, the Sunrise house has a bright, clean, and eclectic color palette.
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  Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house near San Diego features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax. Finished in a dark wood, the kitchen features white metal countertops and shelving. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and a white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.

    Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house near San Diego features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax. Finished in a dark wood, the kitchen features white metal countertops and shelving. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and a white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.

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  On the sunset side of the Sunrise house, the home's west terrace is shaded by mango trees.
    On the sunset side of the Sunrise house, the home's west terrace is shaded by mango trees.
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  Shielding the bedroom from the courtyard, a black curtain affords privacy while the slotted window above the bed ensures that even when privacy is wanted, the room is bathed in light.
    Shielding the bedroom from the courtyard, a black curtain affords privacy while the slotted window above the bed ensures that even when privacy is wanted, the room is bathed in light.
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  An outdoor sink ties indoor living spaces into outdoor living spaces, adding to the fluidity and openness of the home.
    An outdoor sink ties indoor living spaces into outdoor living spaces, adding to the fluidity and openness of the home.
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  Windows shielded by the white overhand of the roof offer an elegant facade while shielding residents from the glare of the sun's sharpest rays.
    Windows shielded by the white overhand of the roof offer an elegant facade while shielding residents from the glare of the sun's sharpest rays.
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