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Renovated Hollywood House Goes Green

An “eco luxury” home has a casual, Italian-style farmhouse feel

Written by Amy Elbert
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    Recycled lumber was used to panel the library and build the fireplace mantel, which displays Emmy Awards the Rosenthals won for the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond.

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    Energy-efficient windows and French doors from Pella Windows and Doors were installed, providing ample natural daylight without taxing heating and cooling systems.

    Did you know? A photovoltaic cell or solar cell is the technology used to convert solar energy into electrical power.

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    Reclaimed walnut planks were laid for the kitchen floor. New wood floors in other areas were all certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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    Shortly after hanging a lantern in the front loggia, a mother dove built her nest there and refused to budge until her fledglings were launched. “We figured the house must have good green karma for her to nest right by the front door,” says Corrigan.

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    • Use paints low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). 

    • Seek out organic and eco-friendly fabrics colored with safe dyes now proliferating in the market.

    • Switch to all-natural home-care products.

    • Swap out your incandescent lightbulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Huge advances have been made in CFLs so they no longer cast that eerie green light.

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    Cork floors in the pool house are practical and sustainable. Cork is harvested by removing outer bark from a cork tree without harming the tree.

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    Iron lattice forms a gazebo planted with wisteria and jasmine to create a romantic outdoor dining spot protected from the sun and wind. The terrace is made of stone.

    Golden pothos and English ivy help remove indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene.

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    “This house is both green and elegant. It truly is the embodiment of the phrase eco-luxury,” says designer Tim Corrigan.

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