The Chestnut House is the brainchild of LPA Architects president, Dan Heinfield. The plan was to achieve a cost-effective model of building a green home, but with all the luxury style ambiance and space. Located in Newport Beach, this energy-efficient ocean-view family home is a modern 4-bedroom, 4-bath adobe that combines the feel of indoor and outdoor living. Some of its green friendly features include an Energy Star Cool roof, a 5.3 Kilowatt solar system (the house’s main energy system), solar hot water system for the pool, integral plaster interior walls (no paint), terrazzo floors (from recycled glass and aggregates). The home is also designed with a courtyard and a two-story living room space that uses natural breeze from the outside to heat and cool these areas, as well as the bedroom.
“Sustainable homes — indeed, all sustainable buildings — are the marriage between time-honored design practices and the best of new technologies available today. Sustainability is not a trend or fad. It’s a value decision. Sustainability should no longer be viewed as an alternative design and building practice, but instead the preferred design and building practice.”